Grammar Patterns

N of n

The 'sign' group

The noun refers to a sign, proof, or symbol of something. The noun group after of indicates what it shows or represents. We include here reminder and souvenir, which refer to things that make you think of something.
She and her husband had moved in a house opposite. I invited them to dinner, a neighbourly gesture of goodwill.
The proof of a good song is being able to play it night after night and never getting bored with it.
The work is a fascinating reminder of the influence of Africa on the music of other countries and cultures.
Hypochondria is often a symptom of another illness such as depression and, once the problem is diagnosed, it can be treated.
The preposition of is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause.
The six-month project shows no sign of being completed.
The preposition of is sometimes followed by a wh-clause.
Your pulse is a measure of how often your heart needs to beat to get all the blood round your body.
  • badge
  • demonstration
  • evidence
  • gesture
  • herald
  • illustration
  • index
  • indicator
  • mark
  • measure
  • proof
  • reminder
  • sign
  • signal
  • souvenir
  • stamp
  • symbol
  • symptom
  • token
  • trace
  • trademark
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