Grammar Patterns

V n adj

Structure III: Verb with Object and Complement

V n adj
 Verb groupnoun groupadjective group
SubjectVerbObjectComplement
Sharesendedthe dayslightly lower.
The Nikkei averagestartedthe dayhigher.
Verbs with this structure are concerned with beginning or ending a day, or other period of time, in a particular state. Clauses with this pattern are usually about financial markets, and the adjectives are frequently lower and higher.
The dollar began the day sharply lower on expectations of continued easy going in the Gulf War.
  • begin
  • end
  • finish
  • start
  • Structure information: Verb with Object and Complement

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