V of n
Verbs with this pattern belong to the following meaning groups:The 'talk' groupThe 'think' groupThe 'know' groupThe 'reek' groupVerbs with other meaningsStructure informationOther structuresOther related patterns
V of nThe verb is followed by a prepositional phrase which consists of the preposition of and a noun group. With some verbs, the preposition is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause. The passive pattern is be V-ed of.This pattern has one main structure:
Verb with prepositional ObjectShe complained of a headache.
|Verb group||of||noun group/-ing clause|
|I||do not approve||of||this change.|
|The bar||stank||of||sweat and beer.|