Verb Patterns - Unit 8A


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Verb Patterns - Unit 8A

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  2. 2. AGREE<br />1. Same opinion<br />Agree with: If she felt he was right, she would agree with him.<br />Agree that: Most people nowadays would agree that a good pub is one of our best traditions.<br />Agree on/about: We don't agree on everything, of course.<br />I quite agree / I couldn’t agree more<br />2. Say Yes<br />Agree to do sth: No one really knows why he agreed to do the film.<br />Agree to: My sister won't agree to our mother going into a nursing home.<br />3. Decide together<br />Agree to do sth: We agreed to meet again the following Monday.<br />Agree on: They managed to agree on a date for the wedding.<br />Agree that: It was agreed that elections would be held in May.<br />Agree a price/plan/strategy etc: We agreed a new four-year contract.<br />4. Be the same<br />Agree with: Your story doesn't agree with what the police have told us.<br />
  3. 3. ACCUSE<br />Accuse sb of (doing) sth: He was accused of murder.<br />
  4. 4. EXPLAIN<br />Explain (to sb) why/what etc: The librarian will explain how to use the catalogue system.<br />Explain that: He explained that it had been a difficult film to make.<br />Explain sth to sb: I explained the situation to my bank manager.<br />Explain yourself: Sorry, I'm not explaining myself very well.<br />
  5. 5. PERSUADE<br />Persuade sb to do sth: I finally managed to persuade her to go out for a drink with me.<br />Persuade sb into doing sth: Don't let yourself be persuaded into buying things you don't want.<br />Try/manage/fail to persuade sb: I'm trying to persuade your dad to buy some shares.<br />Attempt/effort to persuade sb: Leo wouldn't agree, despite our efforts to persuade him.<br />Persuade sb (that): She'll only take me back if I can persuade her that I've changed.<br />Persuade sb of sth: McFadden must persuade the jury of her innocence.<br />
  6. 6. SUGGEST<br />Suggest (that): I suggest you phone before you go round there.<br />Suggest doing sth: Joan suggested asking her father for his opinion.<br />Suggest how/where/what etc: The therapist suggested how Tony could cope with his problems.<br />Can/May I suggest…: May I suggest that you think carefully before rushing into this?<br />Evidence/results/data etc suggest that: The evidence suggests that single fathers are more likely to work than single mothers.<br />Suggest sb/sth for sth: John Roberts has been suggested for the post of manager.<br />
  7. 7. ADMIT<br />1. Accept truth:<br />Admit (that): You may not like her, but you have to admit that she's good at her job.<br />Admit to sb (that): Paul admitted to me that he sometimes feels jealous of my friendship with Stanley.<br />Admit (to) doing sth: Dana admitted feeling hurt by what I had said.<br />Freely/frankly etc admit: Phillips openly admits to having an alcohol problem.<br />2. Accept blame:<br />Admit doing sth: Greene admitted causing death by reckless driving.<br />Admit to (doing) sth: A quarter of all workers admit to taking time off when they are not ill.<br />3. Allow to enter/join:<br />Admit sb to/into sth: Only ticket-holders will be admitted into the stadium.<br />
  8. 8. ADVISE<br />Advise sb to do sth: Evans advised him to leave London.<br />Advise sb against (doing) sth: I'd advise you against saying anything to the press.<br />Advise that: Experts advise that sunscreen be reapplied every one to two hours.<br />Advise caution/patience/restraint etc: The makers advise extreme caution when handling this material.<br />Advise on sth: She's been asked to advise on training the new sales team.<br />Advise sb on sth: He advises us on tax matters.<br />To inform:<br />Advise sb of sth: We'll advise you of any changes in the delivery dates.<br />Advise sb that: They advised him that the tour would proceed.<br />
  9. 9. DECIDE<br />Decide to do sth: Tina's decided to go to Rome for her holidays.<br />Decide (that): It was decided that four hospitals should close.<br />Decide who/what/where etc: People have a right to decide how to spend their own money.<br />Decide between sth: A meeting was called to decide between the three candidates.<br />Decide for yourself: You must decide for yourself.<br />Decide against/in favour of (doing) sth: He eventually decided against telling her.<br />Decide sb to do sth: The look he gave her decided her not to ask.<br />Decide in favour of/against sb: If the Parole Board decides in his favour, the prisoner will be released.<br />
  10. 10. APOLOGISE<br />Apologise to: I think you should apologise to your brother.<br />Apologise for (doing) sth: He later apologised for his behaviour.<br />
  11. 11. DENY<br />1. Say sth is not true<br />Deny (that): I've never denied that there is a housing problem.<br />Deny doing sth: Two men have denied murdering a woman at a remote picnic spot.<br />Strongly/vehemently etc deny sth: Jackson vehemently denied the allegations.<br />Deny a charge/allegation/claim: The men have denied charges of theft.<br />2. Not allow<br />Deny sb sth: She could deny her son nothing.<br />Deny sth to sb: This is the only country in Europe to deny cancer screening to its citizens.<br />Deny yourself sth: He denied himself all pleasures and luxuries.<br />
  12. 12. INSIST<br />Insist (that): Mike insisted that he was right.<br />Insist on: She kept insisting on her innocence.<br />Insist on/upon doing sth: He insisted upon checking everything himself.<br />
  13. 13. OFFER<br />Offer sb sth: They offered him a very good job, but he turned it down.<br />Offer sth to sb: The drama school offers places to students who can show talent.<br />Offer to do sth: My dad has offered to pick us up.<br />Offer advice/help/support etc: Your doctor should be able to offer advice on diet.<br />Offer an opportunity/chance/possibility: The course offers the opportunity to specialize in the final year.<br />Have sth to offer (sb): He felt he had nothing to offer her that she wanted.<br />Offer (sb) sth for sth: They've offered us £75,000 for the house.<br />
  14. 14. REFUSE<br />Refuse to do sth: I absolutely refuse to take part in anything illegal.<br />Flatly refuse / refuse point-blank (to do sth): Mom flatly refused to go back into the hospital.<br />Refuse sb sth: She was refused a work permit.<br />
  15. 15. REMIND<br />Remind sb about sth: The girls constantly had to be reminded about their chores.<br />Remind sb to do sth: Remind me to buy some milk tonight.<br />Remind sb (that): Mrs Welland reminded her son that they still had several people to see. <br />Remind yourself: I reminded myself to watch them closely.<br />Remind sb of sth: That song always reminds me of our first date.<br />Remind sb (of) what/how etc: I was reminded how lucky I was.<br />
  16. 16. RECOMMEND<br />Recommend (that): I recommend that you get some professional advice.<br />Recommend doing sth: I would never recommend using a sunbed on a regular basis.<br />Recommend sth to sb: I recommend this book to anyone with an interest in chemistry.<br />Recommend sth for sb/sth: Which type of oil do you recommend for my car?<br />Recommend sb for sth: I have decided to recommend you for the directorship.<br />Highly/thoroughly recommend: The hotel is highly recommended.<br />
  17. 17. WARN<br />Warn sb about sth: Travellers to Africa are being warned about the danger of HIV infection.<br />Warn (sb) of sth: Salmon farmers are warning of the severe crisis facing the industry.<br />Warn sb (not) to do sth: I warned you not to walk home alone.<br />Warn sb (that): We warned them that there was a bull in the field.<br />