Grammar Patterns

V of n

The 'talk' group

These verbs are concerned with talking. The prepositional phrase indicates what is being talked about.
He complained of a ringing in his ears.
In November 1966, Adenauer spoke of the need for a new, major West German effort to reach gradual agreement with the Soviet Union.
The preposition of is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause.
He is proud of his memory, and boasts of knowing the whole of Gerard Manley Hopkins, among other writers, by heart.
The preposition of is also sometimes followed by a noun group and an '-ing' clause, and this pattern is most frequent in the case of speak, talk, and tell. The pattern is V of n -ing.
We talked of him getting a summer job.
  • boast
  • complain
  • speak
  • talk
  • tell
  • warn
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