Grammar Patterns

V n for n

I.1 The 'buy' group

These verbs are concerned with doing something for someone.
This is a productive use: any verb that involves doing something for someone can be used with this pattern. The verbs included here are the ones which are most frequently used in this way.
His blue blazer and gray flannel pants had been bought for him by Miss Dunn herself.
She put on the scarf that Helen had knitted for her two years ago.
I followed her to the kitchen where she was making coffee for all of them.
He used to raise money for charity by taking off all his clothes and jumping in the canal.
In the case of carve and forge, the noun group following the preposition is always a reflexive pronoun. This pattern is V n for pron-refl.
Mark has endeavoured to carve an independent career for himself.
In the unrelenting world of National Hunt racing, Williamson has forged a healthy niche for himself.
In the case of do, the noun group following the verb is often an amount. This pattern is V amount for n.
If you are asking others to do a lot for you, ask or suggest what you might do for them.
  • book
  • bring
  • buy
  • carve
  • collect
  • cook
  • do
  • fetch
  • find
  • fix
  • forge
  • get
  • knit
  • leave
  • make
  • order
  • play
  • pour
  • prepare
  • prescribe
  • raise
  • secure
  • wangle
  • write
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