V n of n

Verbs with other meanings

There are a number of other verbs which have this pattern.
If Leo could make a true friend of Victor, then his ties with the army would be strong indeed.
The verb think, and the verb make when it means 'think', have this pattern when they occur in a question or clause beginning with what.
I was keen to see what he made of the rest of Africa.
'What did you think of the video?' 'Well, it's not that bad really.'
In the case of avail, the noun group following the verb is always a reflexive pronoun. This pattern is V pron-refl of n.
She is unable to avail herself of legal aid services because her husband's income is taken into account.
In the case of ask, expect, hear, see, and think, the noun group following the verb is always or often an amount. This pattern is V amount of n.
His business was not doing too well so I didn't see much of him, and we were under a lot of financial pressure.
The verbs ask, expect, hear, see, and think are occasionally used in the passive. The pattern is be V-ed of n, where the amount is the Subject.
A lot was expected of the midfielder, but he failed to reproduce the form he showed with Tenerife.
Why has so little been heard of the 'fundamental reviews' of government spending?
The verb think also has a passive with the be V-ed amount of.
His artistic sketches were thought a lot of locally, Tom said.
In the case of think, the amount is often an adverb.
Neil thinks very highly of him indeed.
  • ask
  • assure
  • avail
  • be born
  • expect
  • hear
  • make
  • require
  • see
  • think
  • The verbs compose, comprise, and make up do not have the active pattern V n of n, but they have the passives be composed of, be comprised of, and be made up of (see Chapter 1, Section 2).

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