Grammar Patterns

V n on n

V n on n

The verb is followed by a noun group and a prepositional phrase which consists of on and a noun group. With some verbs, the preposition is sometimes followed by an '-ing'clause or a wh-clause.The passive pattern is be V-ed on n.With some verbs, the preposition is sometimes upon instead of on. Upon is a more formal or literary word.This pattern has one structure:
    Verb with Object and Adjunct
    He played a trick on her.
Active voice: V n on n
 Verb groupnoun grouponnoun group
SubjectVerbObjectAdjunct
Idon't forcevegetarianismonpatients.
The rebelshave inflictedheavy lossesongovernment forces.
Helavishedattentiononher.
Wewill putpressureonthe authorities.
McClarenspranga new ideaonhim.
Bitter youngstershave turnedtheir angeronpolice.
Passive voice: be V-ed on n
 Verb grouponnoun group
SubjectVerbAdjunct
Every detailwas imprintedonhis memory.
Hostile actswere being perpetratedonthe community.
Cheesecan be sprinkledonegg or vegetable dishes.
Active voice: V n P on n, V P n (not pron) on n
 Verb groupnoun groupParticleonnoun group
SubjectVerb...Object...VerbAdjunct
Iwould fillhiminonwhat I was reading.
Shetookher angeroutonme.
 Verb groupParticlenoun grouponnoun group
SubjectVerbObjectAdjunct
 Pindownsuppliersondelivery dates.
None of themwill putdownanythingonpaper.
Passive voice: be V-ed P on n
 Verb groupParticleonnoun group
SubjectVerbAdjunct
This worthless paperwas palmedoffonthe state-owned banks.
The young Humeswere thrownbackontheir own resources.
Verbs with this pattern belong to the following meaning groups:
The 'bestow' groupThe 'impose' groupThe 'question' groupThe 'place' groupThe 'focus' groupThe 'pull a gun' groupThe 'bang' groupThe 'pat on the back' groupThe 'carve' groupThe 'base' groupThe 'gamble' groupThe 'spend' groupThe 'model' groupVerbs with other meaningsStructure information

See related content

English Dictionary
English Dictionary
NEW from Collins!
NEW from Collins!
English Word Lists
English Word Lists
Easy Learning English Grammar
Easy Learning English Grammar
Word Lover's Blog
Word Lover's Blog
Online Scrabble Checker
Online Scrabble Checker
The Paul Noble Method
The Paul Noble Method
Create an account and sign in to access this FREE content
Register now or login in to access