The 'die' groupThese verbs are concerned with actions or processes.
This is a productive use: many verbs referring to an action or process can be used with this pattern. The verbs listed here are the ones which are most frequently used in this way and are used with a wide variety of adjectives.
arrive die emerge return grow up
My father died young.
What does it mean to grow up poor in this rich society?
None of them returned alive.
With most verb-adjective combinations of this kind, it is the adjective that is frequently used in this way and that makes the combination possible, rather than the verb. Negative adjectives such as unharmed, unnoticed, intact, and barefoot are most frequently used in this way.
In October 2002 the foreign secretary, Jack Straw, made it clear that Britain and the US would act alone against Iraq, if they failed to secure a new UN mandate on weapons inspections.
She walks barefoot through the kitchen, brushing her hair and looking for Allen.
He is a fascinating talker and Freddy and I listen entranced.
I considered showing up unannounced at his front door, then rejected the idea as undignified.
The man's car was hit by rifle fire but he escaped unhurt.
The following adjectives are frequently used after verbs indicating actions or processes.
alone ashen-faced barefoot bareheaded blindfold breathless drunk empty-handed entranced expressionless flat-footed free incognito intact knee-deep naked nude poker-faced red-faced sober spellbound starkers stark naked stony-faced straight-faced topless unabated unaccompanied unafraid unaided unaltered unannounced unarmed unasked unassisted unattended unbidden unchallenged unchecked unclothed uncontrolled uncovered undetected unescorted unhampered unharmed unheard unheeded unhurt unimpaired unimpeded uninterrupted uninvited unmolested unnoticed unobserved unplugged unprotected unpunished unread unrecognized unscathed unseen untouched untreated
In addition, the comparative adjective closer is used after verbs of movement such as come and draw.
As they drew closer, the form of three black-and-white police cars could be seen.