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

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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?
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What's the difference between using the verb “change” transitively and intransitively?

I am confused about using transitive and intransitive verbs for making passive sentences. Especially when that verb can be both (like the verb change).
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Why “answer me” but not “answer me the question”?

Why are "answer me" and "answer the question" acceptable but not "answer me the question"? Is it similar to "explain me (something)"?
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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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“Run on an OS” vs. “run under an OS”

What is the correct way to specify the operating system you are targeting or using? Is a program running on or under an operating system (OS)? Is a machine running an OS or under an OS?
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“Disappear” as a transitive verb

I hear it more on more frequently on the news, as in: The North Korean regime has disappeared scores of dissidents over the past twenty years. Has disappear always been used in such a way, as a ...
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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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“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"?