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Can one say "have you nominated" or would you require an object, "have you nominated yourself"?

Context is that of an election, for example.

  • I always find it helpful to take a look at corpus.byu.edu/coca for some context. Here is an example of use of the word nominate: "Before President XXX even announced he was going to nominate Sonia XXXXX to the Supreme Court, conservatives promised a tough confirmation battle" (Source: CBS News). – Pantelis Sopasakis Sep 14 '11 at 21:09
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According to the Oxford English Dictionary, nominate is usually transitive and thus requires an object ("I nominated someone"). However, there are a few exceptions in which the verb is intransitive:

  • intr. Austral. Polit. To put oneself forward formally as a candidate for election; to register one's candidacy. Usu. with for.

  • Snooker and Pool. To specify (a ball) as the object ball to be hit next by the cue ball; (also in Pool) to indicate (the set of balls) as the set one will aim to pot; to specify (a pocket) into which one is aiming the next ball. Also intr.

  • trans. To choose (a mare) as suitable for mating to a particular stallion. Also intr. with to.

Thus, in the context of an election it can usually be expected to require an object. However, there are a few cases in which this is not true.

  • It looks like your first point is the meaning intended here. – Paŭlo Ebermann Sep 14 '11 at 19:35
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    So I guess the answer is, in a nutshell, “It’s fine in Australia, but probably not elsewhere.” – PLL Sep 14 '11 at 23:12
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It is a transitive verb, so would seem to require an object.

Have you nominated anyone?

is how I would put it.

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When using it in the passive tense, it doesn't take an object.

Have you ever been nominated for a Grammy award?

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