there v-link something/nothing/anything ADJ in n/-ing
Adjectives with this pattern belong to the following meaning groups:The 'interesting' groupThe 'wrong' groupThe 'extraordinary' groupAdjectives with other meaningsOther related patterns
there v-link something/nothing/anything ADJ in n/-ingThe adjective group comes after there, a link verb (usually be), and one of the indefinite pronouns something, anything, or nothing, and 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 productive: the adjectives listed below give an idea of the kind of adjectives that have it.
|there||link verb||something/nothing/anything||Adjective group||in||noun group/-ing|
|There||was||nothing||illegal||in||his new appointment.|
|There||is||nothing||new||in||offering customer discounts.|