ADJ in n
Adjectives with this pattern belong to the following meaning groups:The 'involved' groupThe 'adamant' groupThe 'assiduous' groupThe 'lacking' groupThe 'inherent' groupThe 'awash' groupThe 'fluent' groupThe 'clothed' groupThe 'plastered' groupThe 'safe' groupThe 'apparent' groupThe 'slow' groupThe 'helpful' groupThe 'important' groupThe 'comparable' groupThe 'careful' groupThe 'successful' groupThe 'right' groupThe 'lucky' groupAdjectives with other meaningsProductive usesOther related patterns
ADJ in nThe adjective is followed by a prepositional phrase which consists of in and a noun group. With some adjectives, the preposition in is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause. This pattern is ADJ in -ing.
|Adjective||in||noun group/-ing clause|
|Kevin is||engrossed||in||a game of blackjack.|
|He was||vigorous||in||calling for NATO air strikes.|