Grammar Patterns

V of n

V of n

The 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 Object
    She complained of a headache.
Active voice: V of n/-ing
 Verb groupofnoun group/-ing clause
SubjectVerbprepositional Object
Ido not approveofthis change.
Hedespairedoffinishing it.
The barstankofsweat and beer.
Shetalkedofkilling herself.
Passive voice: be V-ed of
 Verb groupof
SubjectVerbPreposition
Shirkingis disapprovedof.
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

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