Grammar Patterns

V as n

V as n

The verb is followed by a prepositional phrase which consists of the preposition as and a noun group.This pattern has one structure:
    Verb with prepositional Complement
    His wife works as a designer.
V as n
 Verb groupasnoun group
SubjectVerbprepositional Complement
The bacteriumactsasa natural carrier for the gene.
The scandalbeganasa family feud.
Shetrainedasa teacher.
Phrasal verbs: V P as n
 Verb groupParticleasnoun group
SubjectVerbprepositional Complement
Isignedupasmidshipman on a cruiser.
Shestartedoutasan assembly line worker.
Verbs with this pattern belong to the following meaning groups:
The 'work' groupThe 'function' groupThe 'begin' and 'end' groupThe 'rank' groupThe 'masquerade' groupVerbs with other meaningsStructure informationProductive uses

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