Grammar Patterns

V n with n

II.4 The 'share' group

These verbs are concerned with talking or doing something with someone, but, unlike meaning group II.3 above, they are not reciprocal verbs. The activity is not mutual, and only the person indicated by the Subject is responsible for what is done.
But who would choose to pick a fight with this man?
Yvonne was delighted with her prize and plans to share her payout with daughter-in-law Eileen.
Some parents have had success by taking the matter up with the school.
In the case of ingratiate, the noun group following the verb is always a reflexive pronoun. This pattern is V pron-refl with n.
This is the sorry sight of someone trying to ingratiate himself with everyone.
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  • square
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