Grammar Patterns

V n with n

II.21 Verbs with other meanings

There are a number of other verbs which have this structure.
When he meets Mrs Cheveley, a beauty with a past, at a dinner party hosted by his wife, she attempts to blackmail him with a compromising letter.
Steve caught me with a great punch.
She tried to fix me with an honest gaze.
The tropics are graced with the most diverse and interesting forms of life.
Her spare time is taken up with an MBA course and canoeing.
The group lists 29 breeds of donkeys, cattle, goats, horses, sheep and swine that are threatened with extinction.
In the case of threaten and trust, the preposition with is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause.
Residents who complain to the police suffer abuse in the street and are threatened with being petrol-bombed.
The party has changed sufficiently to be trusted with governing the country.
In the case of concern, the noun group following the verb is always a reflexive pronoun. This pattern is V pron-refl with n.
Chapter 2 concerns itself with the methodological difficulties of measuring criminal victimization.
In the case of do, the noun group following the verb is always an amount. This pattern is V amount with n.
You can do quite a lot with quite a little money if you channel it in the right direction.
  • blackmail
  • catch
  • concern
  • do
  • dump (usu passive)
  • fix
  • leave
  • match
  • take
  • threaten
  • trust
  • take up
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