Grammar Patterns

V n about n

V n about n

The verb is followed by a noun group and a prepositional phrase which consists of about and a noun group. With some verbs, the preposition is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause or by a wh-clause.The passive pattern is be V-ed about n.This pattern has one structure:
    Verb with Object and Adjunct
    I warned him about the danger.
Active voice: V n about n/-ing/wh
 Verb groupnoun groupaboutnoun group/-ing/wh-clause
SubjectVerbObjectAdjunct
Headvisessenior managersaboutgetting the best out of their teams.
Iaskedhimaboutwhat his record company is like.
Weused to warnhimaboutthe dangers of eating too quickly.
Passive voice: be V-ed about n/-ing/wh
 Verb groupaboutnoun group/-ing/wh-clause
SubjectVerbAdjunct
Several starshad been contactedabouttaking part.
Playerswere grilledaboutmethods of payments.
Theywere lecturedabouthow to beat crime.
Heshould be notifiedabouther condition.
Verbs with this pattern belong to the following meaning groups:
The 'tell' groupThe 'tackle' groupThe 'feel' groupThe 'know' groupThe 'reveal' groupThe 'fool' groupVerbs with other meaningsStructure informationOther related patterns

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