V n over n
V n over nThe 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 AdjunctSpoon the sugar over the fruit.
|Verb group||noun group||over||noun group|
|Brush||melted butter||over||the pastry.|
|The youths||poured||kerosene||over||the floor.|
|Verb group||over||noun group|
|A portion of his ashes||was scattered||over||the Channel.|
|Cooling water||was sprayed||over||the engines.|
Verbs with other meaningsStructure information
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.
brush decant distribute dribble drizzle pour scatter shower spoon spray spread sprinkle squirt strew
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.