Grammar Patterns

V pl-n

V pl-n

The verb is followed by a plural noun group. This may consist either of one noun group indicating two or more people or things, or of two or more co-ordinated noun groups. The passive pattern is be V-ed.This pattern has one structure:
    Verb with Object
    The research will compare two drugs.
Active voice: V pl-n
 Verb groupplural noun group
SubjectVerbObject
A cookcan blendraspberries and asparagus.
Jimintroducedus.
Ican't separatethe threads of my life and my work.
Passive voice: be V-ed
 Verb group
SubjectVerbAdjunct (optional)
The two stylesmay be contrasted. 
Their problems and oursare dovetailed. 
Tales like thiswill be swappedtomorrow.
Active voice: V pl-n P, V P pl-n (not pron)
 Verb groupplural noun groupParticle
SubjectVerb...Object...Verb
 Addthe numbersup.
The teacherlinedthe childrenup.
 Verb groupParticleplural noun group
SubjectVerbObject
Idon't comebetweena man and his wife.
Imuddledupthe pedals.
Passive voice: be V-ed P
 Verb groupParticle
SubjectVerb
The lettershave been mixedup.
Non-smokersare pairedup.
Verbs with this pattern belong to the following meaning groups:
The 'combine' and 'separate' groupThe 'compare' groupThe 'alternate' groupThe 'introduce' and 'come between' groupStructure information: Verb with Object

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