Grammar Patterns

V on n

Structure II: Verb with prepositional Object

Active voice: V on n/-ing/wh
 Verb grouponnoun group/-ing clause/wh-clause
SubjectVerbprepositional Object
Theycannot agreeonwhat they want done.
Heis concentratingongetting himself re-elected.
Iknockedonthe door.
My husbandremarkedonher marvellous sense of humour.
The authoritiesrenegedonthe deal.
Passive voice: be V-ed on
 Verb groupon
SubjectVerbPrepositionAdjunct (optional)
His carwas firedon. 
One toddlerwas troddenonin the scuffle.
Phrasal verbs: V P on n
 Verb groupParticleonnoun group
SubjectVerbprepositional Object
Big American firmswere musclinginonthe two companies' markets.
 Swotuponlocal sites.
Verbs with this structure belong to the following meaning groups:
II.1 The 'comment' groupII.2 The 'enlarge' groupII.3 The 'reflect' groupII.4 The 'dote' groupII.5 The 'read up' groupII.6 The 'beat' groupII.7 The 'impinge' groupII.8 The 'intrude' groupII.9 The 'pounce' groupII.10 The 'spy' groupII.11 The 'inform' groupII.12 The 'walk out' groupII.13 The 'back-pedal' groupII.14 The 'backfire' groupII.15 The 'depend' groupII.16 The 'gamble' groupII.17 The 'work' groupII.18 The 'build' groupII.19 The 'feed' groupII.20 The 'live' groupII.21 The 'economize' groupII.22 The 'overspend' groupII.23 The 'focus' groupII.24 The 'call' groupII.25 The 'check' groupII.26 The 'start' groupII.27 Verbs with other meaningsStructure information: Verb with prepositional Object

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