Would it be correct to use the word 'surge' at the very end of a sentence?

For instance:

X has made Y surge.

Or would you rather say

X surged Y?

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    If Y is a numerical quantity, you can say that something made it surge, or caused a surge in it (using surge as a noun) - but not 'surged it', because to surge is intransitive. Apr 27, 2022 at 16:16
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    Okay: The play's new costumes have made its popularity surge. Apr 27, 2022 at 16:20
  • I think the 2 most popular uses of surge are: 1) There was a power surge at the NY power plant 2) The candidate's popularity surged at the last moment, so she was elected Apr 27, 2022 at 16:54

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Generally the former is going to be correct, and the latter incorrect; you wouldn't normally use the verb surged with an object in that way. So examples:

Sanctions on Russia(x) have made oil prices(y) surge.

A sudden drop in demand(x) can make electrical current(y) surge.

You can use surged, but normally with a complement rather than an object.

The crowd(x) surged forward.

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