English Grammar In Focus
Learning English Grammar As A Foreign Language

date: April 26, 2011

Verb Pattern 6

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Today we will continue to discuss about Verb Pattern 6. This pattern will be far different of the previous pattern. There are two additions we will find after the verb; Noun/Pronoun and Adjective.
Study this following structure:

Subject + Verb + Noun/Pronoun + Adjective

For example:

I found the box empty.

How do we understand this pattern?. The key is at the verb. Here, the verb which is used is certain verbs. So, we can not use all verbs to make this pattern. The verbs I mean like, get, keep, beat, drive, make, paint, leave, turn, find, like, wish, etc.

How do we know that this or that verb is correct based on the usage?
To know what verb is correct (certain verb) based on the pattern above is to say everything which has an adjective in the end.

For example:

She makes me sad.

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Pay close attention that the adjective /sad/ denotes a state that results from the action expressed by the verb. It shows how the verb is. 

Noun/Pronoun
Noun/pronoun is placed between the verb and the adjective.

For example:

Noun: e.g. The teacher pushed the door open.
Pronoun: e.g. The boy pushed it open.

Be careful with this pattern!
I turn the lamp off.
or,
I turn it off.

In the pattern above, even though the verb is the verb which is used in this pattern, the word /off/ or /it/ is preposition which has a function as an adverb (not an adjective!) which denotes the verb /turn/. So, this pattern is not what I'm talking about. 

The verb /turn off/, in this case, is verbal phrases.

Verb can change all the elements of a sentence because it is the most important function in the sentence. To change or to modify even to use it in a sentence will create a certain and a unique sentence building.




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