Grammar Patterns

Pattern combination 1: V; V n

Pattern combination 1: V; V n

In the pattern V, the verb can be used on its own, without anything following it. In the pattern V n, the verb is followed by a noun group. This pattern combination is symmetrical. This combination of patterns has one combination of structures:
    Verb; Verb with Object
    The window broke.They broke the window.
V
 Verb group
SubjectVerbAdjunct (optional)
The patternaltered. 
The foghornblasted. 
My spiritslifted. 
That meetingwill reconvenein two weeks.
V n
 Verb groupnoun group
SubjectVerbObjectAdjunct (optional)
All creaturesaltertheir own environmenta little.
Some motoristsblasttheir hornsin support.
Sunlightcan liftthe spirits. 
Ministerswill reconvenetheir meetingtoday.
Verbs with this combination of patterns belong to the following meaning groups:
The 'change' groupThe 'break' groupThe 'dissolve' and 'solidify' groupThe 'cook' groupThe 'expand' and 'compress' groupThe 'improve' and 'worsen' groupThe 'blister' groupThe 'bleach' groupThe 'clog up' groupThe 'blur' groupThe 'divide' groupThe 'quicken' and 'slow down' groupThe 'open' and 'close' groupThe 'calm down' groupThe 'weaken' and 'strengthen' groupThe 'detach' groupThe 'reverse' groupThe 'spurt out' groupThe 'clench' and 'relax' groupThe 'assemble' and 'disband' groupThe 'overwork' groupThe 'leak' groupThe 'start' and 'stop' groupThe 'develop' groupThe 'awaken' groupThe 'hoot' groupThe 'detonate' and 'play' groupVerbs with other meanings

See related content

NEW from Collins!
NEW from Collins!
English Word Lists
English Word Lists
Latest Word Submissions
Latest Word Submissions
Easy Learning English Grammar
Easy Learning English Grammar
COBUILD Grammar Patterns
COBUILD Grammar Patterns
Word Lover's Blog
Word Lover's Blog
Online Scrabble Checker
Online Scrabble Checker
The Paul Noble Method
The Paul Noble Method
Create an account and sign in to access this FREE content
Register now or login in to access