Grammar Patterns

on N

The 'brink' group

These nouns refer to a time just before something happens.
The Coalition was on the brink of collapse.
The preposition of is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause.
I was on the point of returning to bed when a motor bus chugged into view.
  • on the brink of ...
  • on the eve of ...
  • on the point of ...
  • on the threshold of ...
  • on the verge of ...
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