V n in n
Structure I: Verb with Object and prepositional Object Complement
|Verb group||noun group||in||noun group/fraction|
|Subject||Verb||Object||prep. Object Complement|
|Verb group||in||noun group/fraction|
|They||will be divided||in||groups of four.|
|The branch||was snapped||in||half.|
Verbs with other meaningsStructure information: Verb with Object and prepositional Object Complement
Most of the verbs with this structure are concerned with dividing something into pieces. The prepositional phrase indicates the result. We include here fold.
Break the cake in pieces and place in a food processor bowl.
The market is split in two halves.
The preposition in is sometimes followed by a fraction or number. These patterns are V n in fraction and V n in num.
break carve chop (usu passive) crack cut divide fold rip slice snap sort split tear
Divide the pastry in half.
Next he tore a blank page from his notebook and folded it in two.
It feels as if I were being sliced in two.