Grammar Patterns

The 'smash' group

The 'smash' group

These verbs are concerned with damage. In the pattern V prep/adv, the Subject indicates the thing that is damaged. In the pattern V n, the Subject indicates the person or thing that causes the damage. This group belongs to Structure combination (i).
When you fire at a clay pigeon and it smashes into lots of little pieces, it's a real thrill.
The bottle smashed the window, but did not go into the house.
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