Grammar Patterns

V n into -ing

The 'force' group

These verbs are concerned with making someone do something by using insistent verbal persuasion, force or violence.
Scientists use film role models to brainwash fussy youngsters into liking spinach and broccoli.
His elder brother literally forced him into cutting his hair.
He tried to frighten people into doing what he wanted.
The advert's principal task is to nag the user into buying a copy of the program.
This provoked the team into rethinking their diagnosis and ordering a number of investigations.
Israel was confident that it would not be railroaded into making concessions it did not want.
Gretchen realized that it had been a mistake to have let Molly talk her into coming all the way down to New Orleans.
In the case of talk, the noun group following the verb is often a reflexive pronoun.This pattern is V pron-refl into -ing.
When you're not feeling as well as you would like, at least talk yourself into feeling well.
  • badger
  • blackmail
  • bludgeon
  • bounce
  • brainwash
  • browbeat
  • bulldoze
  • bully
  • chivvy
  • coerce
  • co-opt (usu passive)
  • cow
  • dragoon
  • force
  • frighten
  • goad
  • intimidate
  • manipulate
  • nag
  • panic
  • press
  • press-gang (usu passive)
  • pressure (usu passive)
  • pressurize (usu passive)
  • prod
  • provoke
  • push
  • railroad
  • scare
  • shock
  • stampede
  • steamroller
  • talk
  • terrify
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