Grammar Patterns

V at n

Structure II: Verb with prepositional Object

Active voice: V at n/-ing
 Verb groupatnoun group/-ing
SubjectVerbprepositional Object
Heglancedathis watch.
Theyhave protestedatbeing underrepresented in government.
The rivalswere shoutingateach other.
The kidtuggedatthe cuff of his sweater.
Passive voice: be V-ed at
 Verb groupat
Those theoriesare laughedat.
His carhas been shotat.
Phrasal verbs: V P at n
 Verb groupParticleatnoun group
SubjectVerbprepositional Object
The recessionis eatingawayattheir revenues.
A senior judgehitoutatthe new law.
Verbs with this structure belong to the following meaning groups:
II.1 The 'growl' groupII.2 The 'shout' groupII.3 The 'wink' groupII.4 The 'look' groupII.5 The 'grumble' groupII.6 The 'rejoice' groupII.7 The 'balk' and 'jump' groupII.8 The 'prod' and 'pull' groupII.9 The 'chew' groupII.10 The 'eat away' groupII.11 The 'shoot' groupII.12 The 'hit back' groupII.13 The 'work' groupII.14 The 'sell' groupII.15 Verbs with other meaningsStructure information: Verb with prepositional Object

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