Transitive verbs require an object; they are not complete without a direct object.

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“Partner you” vs. “partner with you”

Can I say for instance dynamic enough to partner you in facing new or must it be partner with you I'm specifically asking whether you can say partner you as opposed to partner with you. Here's an ...
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Is “grooving me” grammatical?

The context of the word groove here is musical groove. In youth slang of electronic music fans it means aesthetic pleasure while listening to music. Can I use groove as a transitive verb? As in, "X ...
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Water comprises/composes/combines/consists two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When do you use what word to express that something consists of something else? Does a whole “compose” its parts? Correct use of “consist” Water comprises/composes/...
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Which is proper: “to debate X” or “to debate about X”?

Which version of this sentence is correct? Doctoral students about to graduate, like me, often debate about what qualities make a successful scientist. Doctoral students about to graduate, ...
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How can I use “fête” as a verb in active voice?

Oxford Dictionaries cites a verb as an entry for fête and gives a passive example. How can I use fête in the active voice? For example, can one fête an occasion with pomp and circumstance?
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“Comment on something” or “comment something”?

Do I say “comment on something” or simply “comment something”? For example: Brian ?commented on this video. Brian ?commented this video
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Is “update” transitive or intransitive?

According to many dictionaries including merriam-webster, update is a transitive verb. So I expect the following sentence (used in Firefox) to be incorrect: Please wait while Firefox is updating. ...
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Is the verb 'let' transitive or intransitive?

Is the verb 'let', with the meaning 'to cause to', transitive or intransitive? E.g.: Do you want to go out for a pizza? Please let know. Is this allowed or is it misuse?
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Can “intrude” be used transitively?

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 ...
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Acknowledges - transitive verb question

Is the following grammatically correct? Signing below acknowledges you agree with the terms. Or does it need to be: Signing below acknowledges that you agree with the terms. I can't think ...
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To retroactively create?

Is there a verb that means "retroactively create"? For example: John wanted to retroactively create a relationship with his estranged father. I'm not looking for a word that means "...
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“Have at it” : what's the object of the transitive verb “have” here?

I intuitively understand the meaning of the phrase "have at it!", but I can't explain it to myself. I understand that "to have" in this sense requires an object to be valid, so why is it missing here ...
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“Forward” as transitive verb

When casually writing email I find myself using forward like this: I forwarded him the email with your info. Is the above version grammatically correct? I forwarded the email with your info ...
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Why are “indemnify” and “condemn” spelled differently?

Comparing the words indemnify and condemn: Both contain demn as a root Both are transitive verbs Why is one spelled differently from the other – why not indemn, or condemnify?
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Is there a word for a verb which requires an adverb or prep. phrase in order to make sense?

Put is the one I'm thinking of. It is always transitive, but even with a direct object, it still makes no sense without an adverb or prepositional phrase. I put it somewhere. I put it on the ...
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“Elaborate” as a transitive verb?

It is common to speak of "elaborating on (or upon) a topic." However, I have been told that this is appropriate only when some explanation has already been given; if no information is yet known, then ...
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Is “Now I lay me down to sleep” grammatical?

This is in a song I’ve heard. Is it grammatically correct?
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Can “shop” (related to selling or stores) be used as a transitive verb?

How is shop used as a transitive verb? The only transitive meanings I can find are reporting someone to police or Photoshopping an image. I found one discussion about transitive 'shop', centered on ...
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Is “injur” a word? [closed]

Am I going crazy? I think "injur" must be a transitive verb meaning "to cause injury to," as in "the flying debris might injur the bystanders." Yet when I google around and check online dictionaries,...
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What is wrong with phrasing like “configure how”?

I'm doing some editing and one sentence I'm navigating says "You can configure how the thing appears." (That's a paraphrase.) I think it is wrong because "configure" is a transitive verb and needs a ...
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Can “itch” be a transitive verb, i.e., can an itch be itched?

Can itch be used as a transitive verb? In other words, can you itch an itch as you would scratch an itch? Dictionaries differ, with the bigger hitters saying no. Are they bearing the proper standard ...
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What are the meanings of the sentences where “Not that” is followed by an object-missing expression?

According to my observation, there are at least two types of using "Not that....". And my question is: what does "not that" mean in its second type of usage? In the first usage, "not that" is ...
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“Pay rise” vs “pay raise”

Which sentence below is correct? Ben received a pay rise. Ben received a pay raise.
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“Email me” and “mail to me”

Why is it correct to say "email me", whereas with the word mail we say/write "mail to me"?
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“Help us grow this site”?

I've never liked the use of "to grow [x]" to mean "to make [x] bigger", rather than in the agricultural sense. Am I justified in this at all? (If so, can we make the SE team reword our social media ...
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What is the difference between “raise” and “rise”?

What is the difference between raise and rise? When and how should I use each one?
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“Let's” vs. “lets”: which is correct?

Say I'm promoting a product. Which is correct? [Product] let's you [do something awesome]. [Product] lets you [do something awesome]. Or neither?