V n prep/adv, V n adv/prep
The 'put' groupThese verbs are concerned with putting something somewhere. This includes:
placing something so that it is positioned in a particular way e.g. balance, loop
putting something somewhere carelessly or with force e.g. bang, bung
putting something somewhere using an implement e.g. ladle
putting something somewhere in a particular way e.g. dab, drape
His deputy premier balanced a dark green turban on his head.
Her furious husband bundled her belongings into bin liners and chucked them in the garden.
Then he crammed a hat on his head and left the room.
Ladle the hot soup over the noodles.
You open an account and pre-pay an amount into it, which is then debited until either there is nothing left in your account or you pay more money in.
Place the mixture in a saucepan and boil for 1 minute.
Bring a small pan of water to the boil, plunge the eggs in for one minute, then run the eggs under cold water.
I fill the box with various toys and he spends a happy hour taking them out, playing with them, and then putting them back again.
The receiver was slammed down violently.
To deter cats in your garden, save your orange peel. Cut it up finely and then sprinkle it on the garden.
As soon as Kelly was alone, she took the chair from the desk and wedged it against the door so that no one could get in.
In the case of bury, ensconce, embed, install, perch, plonk, seat, settle and station, the noun group following the verb is always or often a reflexive pronoun. This pattern is V pron-refl prep/adv. The verb embed has an inanimate Subject.Some of the verbs in this group also occur in the pattern V n with n, where the prepositional phrase indicates the thing that is put somewhere (see Section 26 below). Examples of both patterns are He would smear some oil on his fingertips and Smear the plants with oil. The verbs in this meaning group with these two patterns are: cram, dab, daub, drape, drizzle, dust, fit, hang, load, pile, slather, smear, spatter, slash, spray, spread, sprinkle, strew, stuff, thread, and wrap.
air-drop balance bang bundle bung bury channel clap cram dab daub deposit dig (in) dip (in) dock drape dribble drip drive drizzle (over) drop dump dust embed ensconce feed fit firm flash fling float fold (in) force fork gather grind group hammer hang heap heave implant install jab jam jumble ladle lay lay (down) lean load locate loop nestle pay (in) perch pile pivot place plonk plop plug (in) plunge (in) plunk (down) pop position pour pour (in) press prop put ram (in) replace rest rub run seat secrete send set settle shove shovel site (usu passive) slam (down) slap slather (on) sling slip slot smack smear smooth spatter splash spray strew spoon spread sprinkle (usu passive) stamp stand stash stir (in) store stow stuff superimpose (usu passive) sweep thread throw thrust thump tip tuck tuck (in) twine wedge work (in) wrap drop off jumble up prop up
A steel knife blade embedded itself in the wall behind him.
I was surprised when Philip ensconced himself in front of the television set.