Grammatica

V adv

The 'do well' group

These verbs are used with adverbs such as well and badly. Most of them are concerned with success or failure. We include here rank and rate, which are used with highly.
I've seen quite a few of the recent gangster films and this compares very favourably.
Students who did badly in the exam were felt to be in need of more practice in working through numerical problems.
Injured children often seem to fare better than adults as they have a greater capacity to recover.
Friendships rate highly in Amanda's scheme of things.
  • augur
  • bode
  • compare
  • do
  • fare
  • go
  • pay
  • perform
  • rank
  • rate
  • work
  • The verbs bode and augur also have the pattern V adv for n. The prepositional phrase beginning with for indicates who or what is likely or unlikely to be fortunate or successful.
    I didn't score any points or get on the podium but I was running at a comfortable pace, so it all bodes well for the rest of the year.
    The verb compare also has the pattern V adv with n. The prepositional phrase beginning with with indicates what something is better than or worse than.
    While Britain's overall road safety record compares favourably with that of other European countries, Britain's child accident rates are no better than average.

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