The fragment "posit Pluto not a planet" is particularly awkward, but would "posit tomato a fruit" or "posit tomatoes as fruits" be any better as a rendering of "posit that tomatoes are fruits"?
How can we judge a transitive verb to be used correctly when it's in intransitive form in a sentence? For example, are these uses of transitive verbs correct? I drink. He answered. They will give.