Grammar Patterns

V n against n

V n against n

The verb is followed by a noun group and a prepositional phrase which consists of against and a noun group. With some verbs, the preposition is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause. The passive pattern is be V-ed against n.This pattern has two structures:
    Structure I: Verb with Object and prepositional Object
    We'll have to weigh the responsibilities against the rewards.
    Structure II: Verb with Object and Adjunct
    We insured the house against fire.
Structure I: Verb with Object and prepositional ObjectStructure II: Verb with Object and Adjunct

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