Grammar Patterns

V n as to wh

V n as to wh

The verb is followed by a noun group and a prepositional phrase which consists of as to and a wh-clause or a noun group. The passive pattern is be V-ed as to wh.This pattern has one structure:
    Verb with Object and Adjunct.
    I informed him as to what his legal rights were.
Active voice: V n as to wh/n
 Verb groupnoun groupas towh-clause/noun group
SubjectVerbObjectAdjunct
A couple of readershave enlightenedmeas tostandard practice.
Hewas interrogatingthemas towhat they did in the war.
Passive voice: be V-ed as to wh/n
 Verb groupas towh-clause/noun group
SubjectVerbAdjunct
Hewas quizzedas tohow he would adapt to the challenge.
Playerswere warnedas totheir future conduct.
This pattern is rather formal, and is used in writing more often than in speech. Verbs with this pattern belong to the following meaning groups:
The 'advise' groupThe 'limit' groupVerbs with other meaningsStructure information

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