Grammar Patterns

V prep/adv, V adv/prep

V prep/adv, V adv/prep

The verb is followed by a prepositional phrase beginning with a wide variety of prepositions, or an adverb group. In some cases, the verb is more often followed by a prepositional phrase than an adverb (V prep/adv) and in other cases, the verb is more often followed by an adverb than a prepositional phrase (V adv/prep). Some verbs listed here are also included in sections relating to verbs followed by specific prepositions.Here we treat all verbs with this pattern as having one structure:
    Verb with Adjunct
    He ran across the road.
Some verbs with some prepositions have other structures, however. For example, some prepositional phrases beginning with into are prepositional Objects and some prepositional phrases beginning with as are prepositional Complements.Most verbs in English can be followed by Adjuncts of manner, time, or place. When information about manner, time, or place is not essential, the Adjunct is not part of the pattern. The verbs dealt with below are those which are always or typically followed by an Adjunct.V prep/adv, V adv/prep
 Verb groupprep. phrase/adverb group
SubjectVerbAdjunctAdjunct (optional)
Ibehavedvery stupidly. 
Ilivedtherefor ten years.
Herandown the path. 
Phrasal verbs: V P prep/adv, V P adv/prep
 Verb groupParticleprep. phrase/adverb group
SubjectVerbAdjunct
Everythingis comingalongnicely.
Hehad movedonto Poland.
Verbs with this pattern belong to the following meaning groups:The 'go' groupThe 'wander' groupThe 'walk' groupThe 'drive' groupThe 'flow' groupThe 'flock' groupThe 'roar' groupThe 'turn' groupThe 'live' groupThe 'face' groupThe 'echo' groupThe 'look' and 'gesture' groupThe 'search' groupThe 'lurch' groupThe 'behave' groupThe 'shape up' groupThe 'come over' groupThe 'begin' and 'end' groupThe 'last' groupThe 'breakfast' groupVerbs with other meaningsStructure informationOther related patterns

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