Grammar Patterns

V on n

V on n

The verb is followed by a prepositional phrase which consists of on and a noun group. With some verbs, the preposition is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause or a wh-clause. In Structure I, the preposition is followed by an '-ing' form.Some verbs are sometimes followed by upon instead of on. Upon is a more formal or literary word.The passive pattern is be V-ed on.This pattern has three structures:
    Structure I: Verbs in phase
    She insisted on paying.
    Structure II: Verb with prepositional Object
    He remarked on the heat.
    Structure III: Verb with Adjunct
    Police are converging on the area.
Structure I: Verbs in phaseStructure II: Verb with prepositional ObjectStructure III: Verb with AdjunctOther related patterns

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