Grammar Patterns

The 'detach' group

The 'detach' group

In the pattern V prep/adv, these verbs are concerned with someone or something moving somewhere, but not under their own control. In the pattern V n prep/adv, they are concerned with someone or something moving someone or something, or putting someone or something somewhere. We include here catch, which indicates that something becomes entangled in something. This group belongs to Structure combination iv.
Many of these verbs also have the patterns V and V n (see meaning group 1.16 above). Some verbs with similar meanings are found in Pattern combination 7 below.
Dead and dying cells had detached from the flask and drifted into the fluid.
Pick apples and pears when they can be detached easily from the branches.
The wind funnelled down power lines, blew out windows and damaged several roofs.
The towers are topped by wind catchers that funnel air into them.
Tree limbs which rub together can cause weakness through deformation, and disease infection is likely.
Nancy rubbed her palms together and got ready to push again.
It developed into a huge game with water splashing everywhere.
Leaning over the fountain, Joanna splashed water upon her face.
In the case of clip, the pattern V prep/adv is usually used to indicate that something has a particular quality, that is, it can be clipped somewhere, rather than that something actually happens.
When not in use, the blade is protected by a sheath which clips on to the handle of the knife.
  • balance
  • beam
  • bind
  • blow
  • bounce
  • bounce (off)
  • bus
  • catapult
  • catch
  • clip
  • coil
  • curl
  • dangle
  • detach
  • diffuse
  • dig (into)
  • disengage
  • dribble
  • drip
  • drop
  • flick
  • flip
  • float
  • form (into)
  • funnel
  • hang
  • hook (onto)
  • inch
  • keep
  • leak
  • lock
  • mould
  • move
  • nestle
  • pass (to)
  • peel (off/from)
  • rain (blows) (on)
  • rest
  • roll
  • rub (together)
  • screw
  • settle
  • shift
  • shoot
  • shuttle
  • sink (into)
  • slide
  • slop
  • slosh
  • slot
  • smash
  • snag
  • snap
  • spatter
  • spew
  • spill
  • spin
  • splash
  • splatter
  • spray
  • spread
  • squeeze
  • squirt
  • stick (in)
  • strike (against/on)
  • swill (around/about/round)
  • swing
  • swirl
  • swivel
  • tilt
  • tip
  • transfer (from/to)
  • trickle
  • twine
  • uncoil
  • waft
  • wash
  • whirl
  • winter
  • withdraw (from)
  • pour into
  • rain down (on)
  • Most of the verbs in this group also have the patterns V adv prep, V prep prep, V n adv prep, and V n prep prep.
    A friend and I bussed from New York City to New Jersey without any certainty we'd be able to see our friend.
    Many supporters are bussed in from across the country.
    The verbs spatter, splash, splatter, and spray also have a pattern V n, with the substance that moves as Subject.
    Rain was spattering the windscreen.

    The 'detach' group

    In the pattern V prep/adv, these verbs are concerned with someone or something moving somewhere, but not under their own control. In the pattern V n prep/adv, they are concerned with someone or something moving someone or something, or putting someone or something somewhere. We include here catch, which indicates that something becomes entangled in something. This group belongs to Structure combination iv.
    Many of these verbs also have the patterns V and V n (see meaning group 1.16 above). Some verbs with similar meanings are found in Pattern combination 7 below.
    Dead and dying cells had detached from the flask and drifted into the fluid.
    Pick apples and pears when they can be detached easily from the branches.
    The wind funnelled down power lines, blew out windows and damaged several roofs.
    The towers are topped by wind catchers that funnel air into them.
    Tree limbs which rub together can cause weakness through deformation, and disease infection is likely.
    Nancy rubbed her palms together and got ready to push again.
    It developed into a huge game with water splashing everywhere.
    Leaning over the fountain, Joanna splashed water upon her face.
    In the case of clip, the pattern V prep/adv is usually used to indicate that something has a particular quality, that is, it can be clipped somewhere, rather than that something actually happens.
    When not in use, the blade is protected by a sheath which clips on to the handle of the knife.
  • balance
  • beam
  • bind
  • blow
  • bounce
  • bounce (off)
  • bus
  • catapult
  • catch
  • clip
  • coil
  • curl
  • dangle
  • detach
  • diffuse
  • dig (into)
  • disengage
  • dribble
  • drip
  • drop
  • flick
  • flip
  • float
  • form (into)
  • funnel
  • hang
  • hook (onto)
  • inch
  • keep
  • leak
  • lock
  • mould
  • move
  • nestle
  • pass (to)
  • peel (off/from)
  • rain (blows) (on)
  • rest
  • roll
  • rub (together)
  • screw
  • settle
  • shift
  • shoot
  • shuttle
  • sink (into)
  • slide
  • slop
  • slosh
  • slot
  • smash
  • snag
  • snap
  • spatter
  • spew
  • spill
  • spin
  • splash
  • splatter
  • spray
  • spread
  • squeeze
  • squirt
  • stick (in)
  • strike (against/on)
  • swill (around/about/round)
  • swing
  • swirl
  • swivel
  • tilt
  • tip
  • transfer (from/to)
  • trickle
  • twine
  • uncoil
  • waft
  • wash
  • whirl
  • winter
  • withdraw (from)
  • pour into
  • rain down (on)
  • Most of the verbs in this group also have the patterns V adv prep, V prep prep, V n adv prep, and V n prep prep.
    A friend and I bussed from New York City to New Jersey without any certainty we'd be able to see our friend.
    Many supporters are bussed in from across the country.
    The verbs spatter, splash, splatter, and spray also have a pattern V n, with the substance that moves as Subject.
    Rain was spattering the windscreen.

    The 'detach' group

    In the pattern V prep/adv, these verbs are concerned with someone or something moving somewhere, but not under their own control. In the pattern V n prep/adv, they are concerned with someone or something moving someone or something, or putting someone or something somewhere. We include here catch, which indicates that something becomes entangled in something. This group belongs to Structure combination iv.
    Many of these verbs also have the patterns V and V n (see meaning group 1.16 above). Some verbs with similar meanings are found in Pattern combination 7 below.
    Dead and dying cells had detached from the flask and drifted into the fluid.
    Pick apples and pears when they can be detached easily from the branches.
    The wind funnelled down power lines, blew out windows and damaged several roofs.
    The towers are topped by wind catchers that funnel air into them.
    Tree limbs which rub together can cause weakness through deformation, and disease infection is likely.
    Nancy rubbed her palms together and got ready to push again.
    It developed into a huge game with water splashing everywhere.
    Leaning over the fountain, Joanna splashed water upon her face.
    In the case of clip, the pattern V prep/adv is usually used to indicate that something has a particular quality, that is, it can be clipped somewhere, rather than that something actually happens.
    When not in use, the blade is protected by a sheath which clips on to the handle of the knife.
  • balance
  • beam
  • bind
  • blow
  • bounce
  • bounce (off)
  • bus
  • catapult
  • catch
  • clip
  • coil
  • curl
  • dangle
  • detach
  • diffuse
  • dig (into)
  • disengage
  • dribble
  • drip
  • drop
  • flick
  • flip
  • float
  • form (into)
  • funnel
  • hang
  • hook (onto)
  • inch
  • keep
  • leak
  • lock
  • mould
  • move
  • nestle
  • pass (to)
  • peel (off/from)
  • rain (blows) (on)
  • rest
  • roll
  • rub (together)
  • screw
  • settle
  • shift
  • shoot
  • shuttle
  • sink (into)
  • slide
  • slop
  • slosh
  • slot
  • smash
  • snag
  • snap
  • spatter
  • spew
  • spill
  • spin
  • splash
  • splatter
  • spray
  • spread
  • squeeze
  • squirt
  • stick (in)
  • strike (against/on)
  • swill (around/about/round)
  • swing
  • swirl
  • swivel
  • tilt
  • tip
  • transfer (from/to)
  • trickle
  • twine
  • uncoil
  • waft
  • wash
  • whirl
  • winter
  • withdraw (from)
  • pour into
  • rain down (on)
  • Most of the verbs in this group also have the patterns V adv prep, V prep prep, V n adv prep, and V n prep prep.
    A friend and I bussed from New York City to New Jersey without any certainty we'd be able to see our friend.
    Many supporters are bussed in from across the country.
    The verbs spatter, splash, splatter, and spray also have a pattern V n, with the substance that moves as Subject.
    Rain was spattering the windscreen.

    The 'detach' group

    In the pattern V prep/adv, these verbs are concerned with someone or something moving somewhere, but not under their own control. In the pattern V n prep/adv, they are concerned with someone or something moving someone or something, or putting someone or something somewhere. We include here catch, which indicates that something becomes entangled in something. This group belongs to Structure combination iv.
    Many of these verbs also have the patterns V and V n (see meaning group 1.16 above). Some verbs with similar meanings are found in Pattern combination 7 below.
    Dead and dying cells had detached from the flask and drifted into the fluid.
    Pick apples and pears when they can be detached easily from the branches.
    The wind funnelled down power lines, blew out windows and damaged several roofs.
    The towers are topped by wind catchers that funnel air into them.
    Tree limbs which rub together can cause weakness through deformation, and disease infection is likely.
    Nancy rubbed her palms together and got ready to push again.
    It developed into a huge game with water splashing everywhere.
    Leaning over the fountain, Joanna splashed water upon her face.
    In the case of clip, the pattern V prep/adv is usually used to indicate that something has a particular quality, that is, it can be clipped somewhere, rather than that something actually happens.
    When not in use, the blade is protected by a sheath which clips on to the handle of the knife.
  • balance
  • beam
  • bind
  • blow
  • bounce
  • bounce (off)
  • bus
  • catapult
  • catch
  • clip
  • coil
  • curl
  • dangle
  • detach
  • diffuse
  • dig (into)
  • disengage
  • dribble
  • drip
  • drop
  • flick
  • flip
  • float
  • form (into)
  • funnel
  • hang
  • hook (onto)
  • inch
  • keep
  • leak
  • lock
  • mould
  • move
  • nestle
  • pass (to)
  • peel (off/from)
  • rain (blows) (on)
  • rest
  • roll
  • rub (together)
  • screw
  • settle
  • shift
  • shoot
  • shuttle
  • sink (into)
  • slide
  • slop
  • slosh
  • slot
  • smash
  • snag
  • snap
  • spatter
  • spew
  • spill
  • spin
  • splash
  • splatter
  • spray
  • spread
  • squeeze
  • squirt
  • stick (in)
  • strike (against/on)
  • swill (around/about/round)
  • swing
  • swirl
  • swivel
  • tilt
  • tip
  • transfer (from/to)
  • trickle
  • twine
  • uncoil
  • waft
  • wash
  • whirl
  • winter
  • withdraw (from)
  • pour into
  • rain down (on)
  • Most of the verbs in this group also have the patterns V adv prep, V prep prep, V n adv prep, and V n prep prep.
    A friend and I bussed from New York City to New Jersey without any certainty we'd be able to see our friend.
    Many supporters are bussed in from across the country.
    The verbs spatter, splash, splatter, and spray also have a pattern V n, with the substance that moves as Subject.
    Rain was spattering the windscreen.

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