Grammar Patterns

V n out of n

The 'talk' group

These verbs are concerned with persuading someone to leave a place or state, or persuading someone not to do something.
This is a productive use: any verb which indicates a way of persuading someone can be used with this pattern. The verbs listed here are the ones which are most frequently used in this way.
Unsurprisingly, her talents were soon spotted and she was coaxed out of retirement to play in the West of Scotland Open.
In the case of talk, the preposition out of is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause.
My mother tried to talk me out of getting a divorce.
  • coax
  • persuade
  • talk
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