V at n
fire guess hint laugh look marvel scoff shoot sneer sniff stare swear wonder work
Structure information: Verb with prepositional ObjectThe prepositional phrase is the prepositional Object. This structure has a passive, with the pattern be V-ed at. However, not all verbs with this structure are used in the passive. The following verbs are the ones which are most frequently passive.
Sniff occurs in the passive in the expression not to be sniffed at, and wonder in the expression not to be wondered at.Phrasal verb patterns are the same except that there is a particle, P, which comes after the verb. The passive pattern, be V-ed P at, very rarely occurs.
The rewards for those who reach the chief executive's office are not to be sniffed at.