Grammar Patterns

V way prep/adv

V way prep/adv

The verb is followed by a noun group which consists of a possessive determiner, such as my, his, her or their, and the noun way. This is followed by a prepositional phrase or adverb group.This pattern has one structure:
    Verb with Object and Adjunct
    She elbowed her way through the crowd.
V way prep/adv
 Verb groupwayprepositional phrase/adverb group
SubjectVerbObjectAdjunct
The menatetheir waythrough all the provisions.
Heis feelinghis wayinto the role of successful author.
Labouris fightingits wayback.
This pattern is very productive and most of the verbs which are sometimes used with this pattern are not used with it often. In this section we show a lot of verbs that sometimes, but not often, have this pattern and we indicate which verbs most frequently have the pattern.This pattern is often used with a word that is normally a noun or an adjective, but which in this pattern is a verb, for example I finally crowbarred my way in. Some of these verbs are: crowbar, cudgel, flipper, helicopter, pickpocket, scam, and strong-arm. Verbs with this pattern belong to the following meaning groups:
The 'talk' groupThe 'mumble' groupThe 'gossip' groupThe 'make' groupThe 'fight' groupThe 'thread' groupThe 'chug' groupThe 'crawl' groupThe 'ooze' groupThe 'wind' groupThe 'borrow' groupThe 'cheat' groupThe 'eat' groupThe 'work' groupThe 'muddle' groupThe 'laugh' groupThe 'reason' groupVerbs with other meaningsStructure informationOther related patterns

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