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The 'die' group

These 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.
My father died young.
What does it mean to grow up poor in this rich society?
None of them returned alive.
  • arrive
  • die
  • emerge
  • return
  • grow up
  • 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.

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