Grammar Patterns

Less frequent patterns

V n after n

The verb is followed by a noun group and a prepositional phrase which consists of after 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 after n.
London's socialist boroughs delighted in naming their estates after deeply obscure local politicians and barely pronounceable freedom fighters.
In the case of model, the noun group following the verb is often a reflexive pronoun. This pattern is V pron-refl after n.
The girls had to model themselves after their mother and tend the home.
  • model
  • name
  • be patterned
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