Grammar Patterns

V against n

The 'preach' group

These verbs are concerned with saying that something is bad in some way. We include here appeal, which indicates that someone makes a formal complaint about a decision.
Both Warren Beatty and Billy Crystal lashed out against studios for not pushing their films hard enough.
Here was a man who preached against the gun, yet had friends who were notorious gunmen.
The preposition against is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause.
Doctors advise against putting a thermometer into your child's mouth because it may cause choking.
  • advise
  • appeal
  • argue
  • blaspheme
  • caution
  • fulminate
  • inveigh
  • preach
  • protest
  • rage
  • rail
  • rant
  • rule
  • warn
  • come out
  • hit out
  • lash out
  • speak out
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