V adv

The 'bruise' group

These verbs are used to indicate that something is easily damaged. These are all ergative verbs (see Chapter 7).
This use is productive: any verb which has the pattern V n and is concerned with damage can be used with the pattern V adv. The verbs listed here are the ones which are most frequently used in this way.
Hands are gentler than spoons for tossing salad leaves that bruise easily.
Sarah has typically British fair skin that burns easily.
  • break
  • bruise
  • burn
  • chip
  • crack
  • damage
  • fracture
  • mark
  • rip
  • scorch
  • scratch
  • scuff
  • shatter
  • snap
  • tear
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