Grammar Patterns

V n with n

II.14 The 'busy' group

These verbs are concerned with spending your time or energy doing something. The noun group following the verb is always a reflexive pronoun, and the pattern is V pron-refl with n.
The other women occupied themselves with their perpetual sewing.
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The preposition with is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause.
She snapped on the lights and busied herself with preparing a quick dinner.
  • busy
  • concern
  • occupy
  • (not) trouble
  • be taken up
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