Grammar Patterns

V n with n

II.12 The 'bore' group

These verbs are concerned with giving someone a particular feeling or telling them something that makes them feel a particular way. The prepositional phrase indicates the cause of the feeling. We include here acquaint and familiarize, which indicate only that someone is told something; face, which indicates that someone is forced to think about something; and confront, which indicates that someone is accused of something.
This is a productive use: any verb which involves making someone think or feel something can be used with this pattern. The verbs listed here are the ones which are most frequently used in this way.
The salesmen did everything they could to acquaint the clerks with the details of their products.
I won't bore you with private matters.
I pulled on a coat and boots and went round right away to confront Muriel with her stupidity and cowardice.
In the case of console, content and familiarize, the noun group following the verb is always a reflexive pronoun. This pattern is V pron-refl with n.
You will receive a Safety First leaflet with your travel documents - please take a few minutes to familiarise yourself with the information that it contains.
In the case of console and content, the preposition with is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause.
Amy wanted to run round the table and hug her sister, but she contented herself with squeezing her fingers.
  • acquaint
  • amaze
  • bore
  • bother
  • burden
  • confront
  • console
  • content
  • dazzle
  • excite
  • face
  • familiarize
  • strike (usu passive)
  • surprise
  • tantalize
  • tempt
  • traumatize
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