Grammar Patterns

V to n

Structure information: Verb with prepositional Object

The prepositional phrase is the prepositional Object. This structure has a passive, with the pattern be V-ed to.However, not all verbs with this structure are used in the passive. The following verbs are the ones which are most frequently passive.
  • adhere
  • agree
  • allude
  • attend
  • attest
  • cater
  • dictate
  • lie
  • listen
  • object
  • refer
  • respond
  • see
  • speak
  • Phrasal verb patterns are the same except that there is a particle, P, which comes after the verb. The passive pattern, be V-ed P to, very rarely occurs.

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