Grammar Patterns

The 'diffuse' group

The 'diffuse' group

These verbs are concerned with something moving metaphorically. In the pattern V prep/adv, the Subject indicates the thing that 'moves'. In the pattern V n, the Subject indicates the person or thing that makes the thing 'move'. This group belongs to Structure combination (iii).
My advice to anyone about to launch a new technology is to look at how a new innovation diffuses through the populace.
The Society's declared object was to collect and diffuse knowledge of the laws which govern the universe.
From all over London, from the East End, from south and west, came supporters who rallied to the anti-war cause.
In trying to rally voters, they've focused on dissatisfaction with the government.
  • devolve (upon/on)
  • diffuse
  • drain
  • emanate (from)
  • exude (from)
  • rally (to)
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