Grammar Patterns

Less frequent patterns

V n before n

The verb is followed by a noun group and a prepositional phrase which consists of before and a noun group. The noun group following the verb is the Object, and the prepositional phrase is an Adjunct. This structure has a passive, with the pattern be V-ed before n.
Later that day he was brought before a magistrate and charged with causing grievous bodily harm.
The phrasal verb haul up has the active patterns V n P before n and V P n (not pron) before n. The passive pattern is be V-ed P before n.
They were then hauled up before a magistrate, who rejected their request for bail and ordered them to be imprisoned.
The verbs bring and haul also have the pattern V n in front of n. The passive pattern is be V-ed in front of n.
He was hauled in front of the Cabinet to explain the blunders.
  • bring
  • dangle
  • haul (usu passive)
  • haul up
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