Verbs where the other thing or person involved is unspecified or general. For example, if people want to adopt, they want to adopt an unspecified child; people who steal take things in general.Previous
Some of the verbs in the previous lists sometimes have this meaning, especially when they are used in the present tense or in the to-infinitive form. The following verbs are ones which frequently have this meaning.
adopt eat be dating deliver (can) hear injure invest kill learn marry please (can) see sell share steal study add on
He could build a two-story addition to the rear of the house, providing he didn't add on at ground level.
Under the present law only married couples or single people are allowed to adopt.
'Have you eaten yet?' 'Yes, thanks. I had dinner on the road.'
Her book analyses why women kill and how the law treats them.