Verbs with this combination of patterns belong to the following meaning groups:The 'merge' groupThe 'intertwine' groupThe 'separate' groupThe 'dovetail' groupThe 'alternate' groupEmphasizing reciprocity
Pattern combination 1: pl-n V; V with n; V pl-n; V n with nThese verbs have four patterns. Two patterns are reciprocal:
pl-n V: The verb has a plural Subject.
V with n: The verb is used with a Subject indicating one participant and followed by a prepositional phrase indicating the other. In most cases, the prepositional phrase consists of with and a noun group; in a few casts, the preposition is from,to, or against.
V pl-n: The verb is followed by a plural noun group.
V n with n: The verb is followed by a noun group and a prepositional phrase. In most cases, the prepositional phrase consists of with and a noun group; in a few cases, the prepositional phrase is from, to, or against.
|plural noun group||Verb group|
|The values of exports and imports||should balance.|
|Oil and water||don't mix.|
|Verb group||with||noun group|
|The colour||balances||with||everything else in the room.|
|The smell of sage||mixed||with||the salt air.|
|Verb group||plural noun group|
|Planners||must balance||these two demands.|
|Mix||the dry ingredients.|
|Verb group||noun group||with||noun group|
|He||is balancing||the classics||with||a variety of modern works.|
|Mix||the flour||with||the sugar.|
When ergative reciprocal verbs are used in patterns with a plural Subject, they can be emphasized with phrases in the same way as ordinary reciprocal verbs (see Chapter 6). With most of them, a reciprocal pronoun (each other or one another) can be used after the appropriate preposition or after the verb.
The third possibility is that building societies may merge with each other.
These muscles overlap each other.
With the verbs listed below, the adverb together can be used for emphasis.
blend bond clink dovetail fuse merge mesh
Given enough speed, nuclei fuse together and make a new, heavier element.
Biological, psychological, and cultural factors all mesh together to produce illness.