Grammar Patterns

V in n

III.4 The 'deal' group

These verbs are concerned with trading or work. The prepositional phrase indicates what goods or substances are involved. We include here work, in the sense of using a material to create something.
He deals in antiques and fine art.
Her shop specialises in decorative yet affordable silverware.
Some have never worked in clay before; others are among the world's leading potters.
In the case of specialize, the preposition in is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause. The prepositional phrase indicates what activity someone's work involves.
He specializes in treating people with epilepsy and schizophrenia.
  • deal
  • specialize
  • speculate
  • trade
  • traffic
  • work
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