Grammar Patterns

Verbs with other meanings

Verbs with other meanings

There are a few other verbs which have this combination of patterns. The adjective most frequently used in each case is indicated in the list below.
Ticket and subscription sales have held steady and fund-raising is even up slightly.
They had achieved their aim of holding numbers steady.
The woman's eyes opened wide.
She opened her eyes very wide.
  • freeze (solid, hard)
  • hold (steady)
  • open (wide)
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