Grammar Patterns

V as to wh

V as to wh

The verb is followed by a prepositional phrase which consists of as to and a wh-clause or occasionally a noun group.This pattern has one structure:
    Verb with prepositional Object
    I inquired as to whether any solution had been reached.
V as to wh
 Verb groupas towh-clause/noun group
SubjectVerbprepositional Object
Weadviseas towhether the group has a good legal case or not.
Analystsdifferas tohow profitable the company will eventually be.
Shewill be testifyingas tohis mental condition.
This pattern is rather formal, and is used in writing more often than in speech. Verbs with this pattern belong to the following meaning groups:
The 'inquire' groupThe 'advise' groupThe 'agree' groupStructure information

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