V about n

Structure information: Verb with prepositional Object

The prepositional phrase is the prepositional Object. This structure has a passive, with the pattern be V-ed about. However, not all verbs with this structure are used in the passive. The following verbs are the ones most frequently passive.
  • argue
  • forget
  • joke
  • know
  • lie
  • speak
  • talk
  • think
  • write
  • The phrasal verb pattern is the same except that there is a particle, P, which comes after the verb. The passive does not occur.

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