Grammar Patterns

V n to-inf

II.7 The 'choose' and 'use' group

These verbs are concerned with appointing or choosing someone to do something, or with allocating or assigning something to a particular use.
Belgium chose her to represent the country again the following year and she became a star there.
One usher should be delegated to pay special attention to the bride's mother and the groom's parents, and to escort them to their seats.
Reliable sources in Algeria said new men had been nominated to head the country's three largest banks.
Trish picked up a fallen branch and used it to lift the brambles and probe the area beneath.
In the case of allocate, budget, and vote, the noun group is often an amount. This pattern is V amount to-inf.
Ministers have allocated £1 million to fund the pilot project over the next three years.
  • allocate
  • appoint
  • assign
  • breed (usu passive)
  • budget
  • choose
  • commission
  • delegate (usu passive)
  • depute (usu passive)
  • be designed
  • detail
  • dispatch
  • earmark (usu passive)
  • employ
  • enlist
  • intend (usu passive)
  • nominate
  • recruit
  • use
  • vote
  • line up
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