Grammatica

V in n

III.8 The 'erupt' group

These verbs indicate that something or someone suddenly starts to be in a different state.
The range of noun groups used after in is quite restricted. The verbs erupt, break out and come out are usually followed by phrases such as in spots and in a sweat; erupt and burst out are often followed by phrases such as in a laugh; go up is followed by in flames and in smoke.
They either come out in spots, grow too much hair where they don't want it or go bald!
When she proudly displayed the cheese dispenser, the thirteen assembled men erupted in gales of laughter.
Her flat in St Johns Wood went up in flames along with her passport on the day she was to go abroad.
  • erupt
  • break out
  • burst out
  • come out
  • go up
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