Grammar Patterns

V n of n

V n of n

The verb is followed by a noun group and a prepositional phrase which consists of of and a noun group. With some verbs, the preposition is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause.The passive pattern is be V-ed of n.This pattern has one structure:
    Verb with Object and Adjunct
    They convicted him of theft.
Active voice: V n of n/-ing
 Verb groupnoun groupofnoun group/-ing clause
SubjectVerbObjectAdjunct
The settlementabsolvedthe companyofall criminal responsibility.
 Clearyour mindofother thoughts.
Theysuspectedhimofdoing away with Beryl.
Passive voice: be V-ed of n/-ing
 Verb groupofnoun group/-ing clause
SubjectVerbAdjunct
Peoplewere cheatedoftheir retirement cash.
Theywere convictedofhandling explosives.
Verbs with this pattern belong to the following meaning groups:
The 'rob' and 'free' groupThe 'inform' groupThe 'acquit' and 'convict' groupVerbs with other meaningsStructure information

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