English version

verge on/upon something

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishverge on/upon something phrasal verbALMOSTto be very close to a harmful or extreme state Many of Lewis’s activities verged on the illegal. Some of his ideas are verging on the dangerous. His love of James Dean movies verged on fanaticism. verge→ See Verb table
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verge on/upon That they verge on clich without becoming mundane is testament to Romo's strength as a storyteller.He was growing taller, his voice was getting deeper, and his practical jokes were verging on dangerous.That seemed a sober judgment not even verging on hyperbole.At times these adjustments verge on sharp practice enabled by the fact that ingredients do not have to be revealed.Domestically produced cars are overpriced while prices for imported cars verge on the absurd.In the case of Essex and Keith Fletcher it may well verge on the impossible.After overheating in 1989, the market may be verging on the over-cautious today.Their desire to play an expansive game is often dangerous, verging on the suicidal.verging on theBut he had a mild, good-humoured, articulate side, verging on the academic, abjuring the sensational.The Cabinet seemed to him to have a reputation of worthiness verging on the dull.He was verging on the grotesque.After overheating in 1989, the market may be verging on the over-cautious today.This has, in point of fact, always struck me as behaviour verging on the pathological.The joke is that this louche, style-setting exuberance took place in a conservative town verging on the provincial.Their desire to play an expansive game is often dangerous, verging on the suicidal.
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Verb table
verge
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyverge
he, she, itverges
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyverged
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave verged
he, she, ithas verged
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad verged
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill verge
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have verged
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam verging
he, she, itis verging
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you, we, theyare verging
Past
I, he, she, itwas verging
you, we, theywere verging
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been verging
he, she, ithas been verging
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been verging
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be verging
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been verging
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