Grammar Patterns

V to n

II.12 The 'cling' group

These verbs are concerned with holding onto something, or being or becoming attached to something, either physically or metaphorically.
Delegates at the Conference have accused the president of attempting to cling to power by any means possible, including assassinating his opponents.
This rattle with three bears will keep babies amused for longer. It clips to buggies and carrycots.
The stuff sticks to your teeth.
  • adhere
  • attach
  • bind
  • cleave
  • cling
  • clip
  • connect
  • mould
  • stick
  • The verbs hang on and hold on are included in Section 26: V on to n.

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