Grammar Patterns

V prep/adv, V adv/prep

The 'flow' group

These verbs indicate that a liquid, gas, or other substance goes somewhere. We include here verbs indicating that light, sound, or a signal goes somewhere, and the verb lick, which indicates that flames go somewhere.
Mahoney flung open the saloon door and black smoke billowed out.
The warming sound of Brian's laughter drifted through the window.
Blood is the vital substance that flows through the body, carrying oxygen and nutrients and removing waste materials from the tissues.
Flames were licking around the door to the toy shop.
The rain spattered on the uppermost leaves and dripped miserably from the lower.
Light was streaming into Dr Denny's office from the door connecting it with the waiting room.
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  • beam
  • billow
  • bubble
  • carry
  • cascade
  • collect
  • course
  • diffuse
  • drain
  • dribble
  • drift
  • drip
  • drive
  • eddy
  • float
  • flood
  • flow
  • funnel
  • gush
  • leak
  • lick
  • ooze
  • percolate
  • pour
  • radiate
  • run
  • rush
  • seep
  • settle
  • slop
  • slosh
  • sluice
  • soak
  • spatter
  • spill
  • splash
  • spout
  • spray
  • spurt
  • squirt
  • stream
  • surge
  • swirl
  • travel
  • trickle
  • waft
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