Grammar Patterns

The 'obsess' group

The 'obsess' group

These verbs are concerned with someone feeling an emotion about something. In the pattern V prep/adv, the Subject indicates the person who feels the emotion. In the pattern V n, the Subject indicates the cause or topic of the emotion. This group belongs to Structure combination (ii), except for thrill, which belongs to Structure combination (iii).
If you obsess about small things, it keeps you from obsessing about the really big things.
As Rebecca's death grew closer, the lack of a child started to obsess him.
Coleridge has written a book for those who thrill to the scene in Citizen Kane where Charles declares 'I think it would be fun to run a newspaper'.
It was a sight that never failed to thrill her.
  • bother (about)
  • harden (against)
  • obsess (about/over)
  • thrill (at/to)
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