V adj

The 'become' group

These verbs indicate that someone or something starts to have a particular quality or be in a particular state. They are all link verbs (see Chapter 5).
If your boss is opposed to your idea, your task becomes more difficult.
He came over all dizzy, he said, when he stood up.
People who've tried that in the past have ended up dead.
She fell silent suddenly and cast an uneasy glance over her shoulder.
Does your father ever get cross?
The audience went crazy, booing, screaming, clapping hands, some even standing on their seats and shaking their fists.
  • become
  • come
  • fall
  • get
  • go
  • grow
  • turn
  • come out
  • come over
  • end up
  • finish up
  • turn out
  • wind up
  • The verb turn is often followed by colour adjectives and has the pattern V colour. When used to talk about a change in colour, it is an ergative link verb (see Chapter 7). See also meaning group 12 below.
    Swanson's face turned white as he realized what was about to happen.
    Turn can also be used with a noun group indicating a colour.
    Erin watched as the sun turned a deep pink-orange on the western horizon.
  • turn
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