Grammar Patterns

V at n

II.15 Verbs with other meanings

There are a number of other verbs which have this structure.
If and when they decide to reconsider the situation they will obtain your views before arriving at any decision as to cessation of operations.
So we looked in the back of Melody Maker and the advert for Von's studio was the one that jumped out at us.
In the case of aim, connive, and excel, the preposition at is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause.
The Government must aim at getting Britain back to work.
Their skilled artisans make anything their customers want and excel at finding solutions to difficult problems.
In the case of guess, the preposition at is sometimes followed by a wh-clause.
From a distance, Mark had no way of guessing at what they were saying.
  • aim
  • arrive
  • connive
  • excel
  • guess
  • nag
  • niggle
  • point
  • rush
  • sniff
  • jump out
  • leap out
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