Grammatica

Pattern combinations

Reciprocal phrases

There are a number of phrases which behave like reciprocal verbs and have a reciprocal meaning.Most of them consist of a verb and a noun group, and are like the combinations of verbs and noun groups found in pattern combination 2. A few consist of a verb and a prepositional phrase or an adverbial phrase.They all have the patterns pl-n PHR and PHR with n.
All political parties should bury the hatchet and work together to help drag Australia out of the recession.
The Scot had appeared to have buried the hatchet with his bitter rival this season.
The police are sure to link us when they compare notes.
What Michelle is missing most is the chance to compare notes with other suffering mothers, said Marion.
As physiotherapists, we had a get-together every year so I 'm still in contact with some of the physios I trained with.
I intend having a get-together with all the boys on Monday where we can let each other know our expectations.
We'd lost touch 34 years ago, when George joined the RAF.
Then after graduation Zach went to Europe, and I lost touch with him.
Both men were grinning as they shook hands.
The boy came out to meet me and I shook hands with him.
  • battle it out
  • bury the hatchet
  • call it a day
  • change places
  • chew the fat
  • compare notes
  • cross swords
  • do battle
  • do business
  • fall in love
  • go hand in hand
  • go to bed
  • go to war
  • have a get-together
  • have it away
  • have it off
  • have it out
  • have sex
  • have words
  • hit it off
  • hold hands
  • join forces
  • link arms
  • lock horns
  • lose contact
  • lose touch
  • make contact
  • make friends
  • make love
  • make peace
  • mend fences
  • part company
  • pass the time of day
  • see eye to eye
  • settle accounts
  • shake hands
  • shoot the breeze
  • shoot the bull
  • slog it out
  • slug it out
  • touch base
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