Grammar Patterns

V n over n

V n over n

The verb is followed by a noun group and a prepositional phrase which consists of over and a noun group. The passive pattern is be V-ed over n.This pattern has one structure:
    Verb with Object and Adjunct
    Spoon the sugar over the fruit.
Active voice: V n over n
 Verb groupnoun groupovernoun group
SubjectVerbObjectAdjunct
 Brushmelted butteroverthe pastry.
The youthspouredkeroseneoverthe floor.
Passive voice: be V-ed over n
 Verb groupovernoun group
SubjectVerbAdjunct
A portion of his asheswas scatteredoverthe Channel.
Cooling waterwas sprayedoverthe engines.
Most of the verbs with this pattern are concerned with pouring or sprinkling a substance over a surface or over something else.
Place the stoned mirabelle plums in the mould and drizzle the liqueur over them.
Spread a little of the sauce over the base of a 2 litre oven-proof dish and arrange a layer of lasagne sheets, overlapping, on top.
Sprinkle the wheat grains liberally over the soil, water them in, then cover with wet newspaper.
The preposition over is sometimes preceded by all.
Distribute the cooked broccoli all over the base of the casserole.
The raccoons knock over the rubbish bins in search of food, and strew the contents all over the ground.
  • brush
  • decant
  • distribute
  • dribble
  • drizzle
  • pour
  • scatter
  • shower
  • spoon
  • spray
  • spread
  • sprinkle
  • squirt
  • strew
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