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We can say "invade someone's privacy", but can the verb "intrude" be used in the same way without a preposition? As in,

Don't intrude my privacy.

Or should it be:

Don't intrude into my privacy.

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You could, but I don't see why you would. Using "invade" is more common and "Don't intrude into my privacy." sounds clunky to me. –  Polynomial Jan 29 '12 at 18:25

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"Intrude" is an intransitive verb so needs the preposition following. I've never seen "intrude" used with any preposition other than "on" but that is a stylistic matter, I think.

"Invade" is transitive and should not take the preposition.

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There may be instances where transitive use is possible, but normally a preposition is obligatory after intrude.

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