Grammar Patterns

V to n

II.26 Verbs with other meanings

There are a number of other verbs which have this structure.
This is money which belongs to the members and should be carefully nurtured.
He said that that his main task was to retake the town of Tappita which had fallen to the rebels.
What happened to James?
These men worry when it comes time to compete for loans, these small farmers will lose out to urban businessmen.
Britain objected to the idea when it was first put forward at the G7 summit in Munich.
In the case of aspire, commit, object, and resort, the preposition to is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause.
This law was prompted by fears that poor people might resort to selling their body parts for hard cash.
In the case of lead, the preposition to is sometimes followed by a noun group and an '-ing' clause. This pattern is V to n -ing.
The rise in online betting has led to Britain becoming a nation of Internet gamblers, according to a recent study.
  • add
  • appeal
  • aspire
  • belong
  • cater
  • commit
  • connect
  • contribute
  • fall
  • get
  • happen
  • incline
  • lead
  • look
  • (not) matter
  • object
  • point
  • refer
  • relate
  • report
  • resort
  • speak
  • succumb
  • turn
  • warm
  • yield
  • add on
  • get across
  • get through
  • go back
  • lose out
  • open up
  • square up
  • stand up
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