Grammatica

ADJ in n

ADJ in n

The adjective is followed by a prepositional phrase which consists of in and a noun group. With some adjectives, the preposition in is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause. This pattern is ADJ in -ing.
 Adjectiveinnoun group/-ing clause
Kevin isengrossedina game of blackjack.
He wasvigorousincalling for NATO air strikes.
You arewantingingenerosity.
Adjectives with this pattern belong to the following meaning groups:
The 'involved' groupThe 'adamant' groupThe 'assiduous' groupThe 'lacking' groupThe 'inherent' groupThe 'awash' groupThe 'fluent' groupThe 'clothed' groupThe 'plastered' groupThe 'safe' groupThe 'apparent' groupThe 'slow' groupThe 'helpful' groupThe 'important' groupThe 'comparable' groupThe 'careful' groupThe 'successful' groupThe 'right' groupThe 'lucky' groupAdjectives with other meaningsProductive usesOther related patterns

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