V n with n
II.5 The 'decorate' groupThese verbs are concerned with changing the appearance of something by adding things to it. This includes:
putting a decoration on something e.g. decorate, garland
putting a mark on something e.g. brush, daub, smear
cutting or printing the surface of something e.g. etch, imprint
The prepositional phrase indicates the kind of addition made.Some of the verbs in this group also occur in the pattern V n prep/adv, where the prepositional phrase or adverb indicates where the addition is put. Examples of both patterns are We draped the walls with banners and We draped banners across the walls. The verbs in this meaning group with these two patterns are: dab, daub, drape, hang, smear, spread and thread (see Chapter 4, Section 1).
accessorize brush dab daub deck decorate drape embellish (usu passive) embroider (usu passive) engrave (usu passive) etch (usu passive) festoon (usu passive) frame furnish garland (usu passive) girdle (usu passive) grace (usu passive) hang (usu passive) imprint (usu passive) mark print (usu passive) smear spread stamp stencil streak (usu passive) thread trim (usu passive) wreathe (usu passive)
Their blood was used to daub the walls with slogans.
The wall facing him was decorated with elaborate dark wood carvings.
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