Grammar Patterns

V into n

I.1 The 'turn' group

These verbs are concerned with becoming. The prepositional phrase indicates what something becomes. We include here segue and shade which indicate either that something becomes something else or that it is followed by or next to something else.
The verbs convert, shade, transmute, and turn are link verbs (see Chapter 5).
The year before, a number of senior generals had been muttering that the Czech business must be stopped before it blew up into a world war.
He wanted to curl into a tiny ball, smaller, smaller, so small they couldn't find him.
With her care, he grew into a normal, healthy child.
He's shaping up into a very nice horse.
The downturn in television advertising has turned into a collapse.
The verbs amalgamate, coalesce, and merge always have a plural Subject with this pattern because they are reciprocal verbs concerned with two or more things becoming one thing (see Chapter 6).
Cities, if unrestricted, tend to coalesce into bigger and bigger conurbations.
  • amalgamate
  • ball
  • bloom
  • blossom
  • broaden
  • build
  • change
  • coalesce
  • condense
  • convert
  • curl
  • decompose
  • degenerate
  • develop
  • erupt
  • escalate
  • evolve
  • fizzle
  • form
  • gel
  • germinate
  • grow
  • merge
  • metamorphose
  • mushroom
  • mutate
  • ossify
  • segue
  • shade
  • transmute
  • turn
  • blow up
  • curl up
  • shape up
  • A few of these verbs also have the pattern V from n into n (see Section 18 above).

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