The 'take three days' groupNext
The verb and the Object together indicate a point in time, the duration of something, or a sequence of events.
The men, who last month began their seventeenth year in prison, have always maintained their innocence.
These verbs often have inanimate Subjects.
Today's talks follow the summit meeting of EU leaders at the weekend.
He predicted that the current parliament would not last the full term.
The journey took thirty-nine days.
The phrasal verb serve out has the pattern V P n (not pron) only.
approach* (a future time) begin end* enter (a situation or period of time) fill follow (an event) last* manage* (a period of time or amount of money) mark (a point or stage) occupy pass* serve (a sentence) stay* succeed (a person) succeed (an event) (usu passive) take* wait*
Johns refused to be interviewed after making clear his intention to serve out the last year of his contract.
V n P and V P n (not pron)
fill in fill up last out* put in serve out*
V P n and V P P n
be coming up to* (a time or state) go back