Grammar Patterns

ADJ of n

The 'empty' group

These adjectives indicate that someone or something does not have, contain, or include something.
Although they can still articulate words properly, their sentences are devoid of meaning.
When the earthquake struck, most people were still in bed and the roads were empty of traffic.
All charges for service are exclusive of value added tax.
We're very short of money.
In the case of clean, dry and free, the adjective is used in the pattern v n ADJ of n.
The rain had swept the ground clean of tracks.
  • bare
  • barren
  • bereft
  • clean
  • clear
  • devoid
  • drained
  • dry
  • empty
  • exclusive
  • free
  • net
  • rid
  • shorn
  • short
  • sold out
  • void
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