Grammar Patterns

Pattern combinations

Pattern combinations

There are six symmetrical combinations of patterns. These are:
    Pattern combination 1: V; V n
    The vase broke.John broke the vase.
    Pattern combination 2: V prep/adv; V n prep/adv
    The boat sailed up the river.We sailed the boat up the river.
    Pattern combination 3: V adj; V n adj
    The door slammed shut.She slammed the door shut.
    Pattern combination 4: V as adj; V n as adj
    We count that score as successful.That score counts as successful.
    Pattern combination 5: V to-inf; V n to-inf
    She trained to compete.They trained her to compete.
    Pattern combination 6: V ord prep; V n ord prep
    They rank sixth in the world.Most people rank them sixth in the world.
There are four asymmetrical combinations of patterns.
    Pattern combination 7: V prep/adv; V n; V n prep/adv
    Light reflects on the water.The mirror reflects light.The glass reflected light onto the wall.
    Pattern combination 8: V prep/adv; V n
    Smoke puffed out of the chimney.The chimney puffed smoke.
    Pattern combination 9: V adv; V n
    This carpet cleans easily.We cleaned the carpet.
    Pattern combination 10: V adj; V n
    The chair folds flat.He folded the chair.

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