V n to n

III.11 The 'alert' and 'blind' group

These verbs are concerned with changing someone's awareness of, or attitude to, a situation. This includes:
    making someone aware of something e.g. awaken, sensitise
    adapting yourself to something e.g. acclimatize, accustom
    blinding or desensitizing someone to something e.g. blind, inure
    resigning yourself to a situation e.g. reconcile, resign
He stopped for a moment to try to adjust his vision to the faint starlight of the night.
In the old days he would have been executed for failing to alert the army to the ambush, but the colonel was not in a mood to add blood to blood.
His quest to get to the bottom of each case may have blinded him to the practicalities of getting the best deal for the hapless victims.
The preposition to is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause.
After that night almost a year earlier, she had reconciled herself to never seeing him again, and after Sophie's birth, she had stopped wanting to see him.
In the case of acclimatize, accommodate, accustom, adapt, adjust, desensitize,reconcile, and resign, the noun group following the verb is always or often a reflexive pronoun. This pattern is V pron-refl to n.
It takes time to acclimatize yourself to retirement.
He was using his relaxation sessions to desensitize himself to the trauma of his journey.
  • acclimatize
  • accommodate
  • accustom
  • adapt
  • adjust
  • alert
  • awaken
  • blind
  • desensitize
  • inure
  • reconcile
  • resign
  • sensitize
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