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“it” for a transitive verb, like a dummy pronoun?

Is the following sentence correct? We refine it when we can revisit a vertex. The "it" refers to nothing (it seems to be the dummy pronoun), but the sentence seems correct to me. I think "it" is ...
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What is the grammar rule that states preference (in this example) between “exceeds” or “is exceeding”

A coworker and I have been discussing the grammar of an error message on a computer when downloading a file that is too big. The debate is between whether it should say "The file exceeds the maximum ...
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“herald” as as intransitive verb?

The Lost Symbol, page 537, the author writes: "..., mankind will at last unearth the Word and herald in a wondrous new age of enlightenment." I checked the Cambridge dictionary and "herald" is a ...
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How do you interpret “we can talk tea”?

On a package of tea I found a sentence as follows: If you have any questions, feedback or are not satisfied with this product, please contact us at our details below and we can talk tea. This ...
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“Select the user (that) you want to change”: transitive/intransitive?

Is the following an intransitive/transitive issue or something else? I'm trying to explain why including "that" in the sentence is critical to getting the correct meaning. Select the user you want to ...
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Is this a complex sentence with a transitive verb?

1) I found myself [nodding with him], agreeing with things I knew to be true. Is this a complex sentence with a transitive verb? In this sentence, ''nodding with him'' seems to modify ''myself'' ...
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If a transitive verb can also be used as a noun, is there a requirement that there be the equivalent of a direct object?

Harm is a transitive verb. Transitive verbs require a direct object; my question is whether there is any requirement that when used as a noun, the word "harm" also requires a direct object. In other ...
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Transitive/Intransitive Verbs: Strive Vs Vow

I'm struggling with some semantics around transitive/intransitive verbs. Let me give one specific example to illustrate. The mayor vowed to reduce crime 1 We must all strive to do better 2 ...
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Is it correct that only transitive verbs can have passive form?

I was taught that only transitive verbs can have passive form. But today, I met a person saying that intransitive verbs can also have passive form. He gave 2 examples as follows. A1: I speak to ...
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Is “He died himself.” a correct sentence?

I've checked Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary and I found that die is an intransitive verb most of the time. I checked other dictionaries as well. I didn't find any usage of "die" as per which we ...
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Parallelism in a sentence regarding transitive verbs, gerunds, and objects

I'm trying to write this sentence, but something doesn't seem right: Walloopp.com is the place to discover, collaborate, and create what's next. The first two are just options for actions on the ...
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What is the real difference between direct objects and prepositional phrases?

I'm a fairly new ESL teacher. One of my students asked me recently why "...to comply with the rules of grammar" needs a preposition (with), whereas "...to follow the rules of grammar" doesn't. After ...
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Can “abscond” be used as a transitive verb?

BACKGROUND All the online dictionaries that I've consulted, Oxford, Merriam-Webster, etc, list "abscond" as an intransitive verb, a verb that does not take an object. Not unless with the help of a ...