Verbs with other meaningsThere are many other verbs with this pattern. They can be divided into three groups.Verbs where something else involved in the action does not need to have been mentioned or indicated already. This includes:
everyday activities e.g. dress, wash
ways of earning a living e.g. act, teach
The Subject is usually a human being.Verbs where something else involved in the action has to have been mentioned or indicated already.Verbs where the other thing or person involved is unspecified or general. For example, if people want to adopt, they want to adopt an unspecified child; people who steal take things in general.
act advertise blow break breed change clean conduct cook count demonstrate direct draw dress drink drive earn feed fight fire fish hide hold indicate (A driver) lay (Hens) mix negotiate operate pack paint perform play read ride rise (A people) run (Dye) save score serve settle shoot smoke strike (Workers) strike (A criminal) struggle teach trade train wash work write act up add up blow up carry on cast off change down change up clean up clear away clear up come around/round come forward come out dress down dress up fight back give in move on pack up pay out (An insurance policy) pay up play around play up rise up sell out sell up settle down settle in settle up shoot up show off sit up sleep around slip up step back stay out (Strikers) strike out sweep up (cannot) turn back turn over walk out (Workers) wash up watch out work out
At 16, she failed to graduate, left school and announced to her family that she wanted to act.
I blew up sometimes, told him to shut up, 'cause he was so nasty.
From an early age he loved to draw and paint.
He raced down the right flank, leaving the defence standing as he scored.
But before you sell up and move, you should look long and hard at your hopes and motives.
Members of the third group have a tendency to show off, to dramatize almost every situation.
I unpacked my small case, washed and changed.
I got up early every morning and went to work and worked hard all day.