Grammar Patterns

V in n

Structure II: Verb with prepositional Complement

V in n/-ing
 Verb groupinnoun group/-ing clause
SubjectVerbprepositional Complement
Holinessconsistsindoing God's will joyfully.
The country's only hopelayinthe restoration of its monarchy.
These verbs indicate what something abstract consists of or involves. They are all link verbs (see Chapter 5).
As with so many other aspects of a relationship, the solution lies in communication.
The greatness of this team resides in its ability to cover up for its missing players.
The preposition in is sometimes followed by an '-ing'clause.
It is, everybody likes to think, a huge, secretive bureaucracy whose only pleasure consists in producing rules to prevent people from doing things.
  • consist
  • lie
  • reside
  • Structure information: Verb with prepositional Complement.

    The prepositional phrase is the prepositional Complement. This structure has no passive.

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