V into n

III.4 Verbs with other meanings

There are a few other verbs which have this structure.
The debate is expected to be a lengthy one. Officials say it will probably stretch into next week.
In the case of spark and spring, only a very restricted range of nouns can occur in the prepositional phrase.
As both parties recognise the signal, neurons in the brain spark into life.
Suddenly all the alarms go off and the Special Branch protection people spring into action.
  • spark (into life, activity)
  • spring (into action, life, existence, being)
  • stretch
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