V n at n
Verbs with this structure are all concerned with estimating, fixing, or maintaining the price, value, or size of something.
estimate (usu passive) maintain peg (usu passive) put reckon set (usu passive)
Structure II: Verb with Object and prepositional Object Complement
|Verb group||noun group||at||amount|
|Subject||Verb||Object||prep. Object Complement|
|The New York Times||put||the purchase price||at||about $200 million|
|The magazine||reckoned||his personal wealth||at||$2.1 billion.|
|Savings on all the programmes||are estimated||at||eighteen thousand million dollars.|
|The share price||was set||at||£2.75.|
The interim dividend for the six months to June 30 has been pegged at 1p and the company has promised to maintain the final dividend at 2p.
The number of child workers was put at more than 3 million in one province alone.
Structure information: Verb with Object and prepositional Object ComplementThe noun group following the verb is the Object, and the prepositional phrase is the prepositional Object Complement. The structure has a passive, with the pattern be V-ed at amount.The prepositional phrase is the prepositional Complement. Though the prepositional phrase in this structure usually comes after the noun group,it sometimes comes before it, especially when the noun group is a long one.
The resolution sets at thirty percent the ceiling of future oil revenues payable into the compensation fund.