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Questions tagged [transitive-verbs]

Questions about verbs that require an object; they are not complete without a direct object.

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Reason to study the concept of Transitive and Intransitive verbs

I'm looking for a good (but concise) explanation of the everyday values of knowing the concept of Transitive and Intransitive verbs. For example: Decide if you can turn an Active sentence into the ...
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“impute” as an intransitive verb

I came across a sentence in a Wikipedia article that went like this (MEMRI stands for Middle East Media Research Institute): In 2006, Finkelstein accused MEMRI of editing a television interview he ...
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“receive” is to “send” what “???” is to “scatter”

I am looking for a word in English that is a synonym for receive but is specific for the process of another scattering something to many rather than just sending individually. If one entity sends ...
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How to use “allow to do something” without mentioning a person?

Instead of the probably correct structure: Our software XYZ allows the user to resize and modify PNG images. I'm looking for a way to do it without specifying a person (or people): Our software ...
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how to form an imperative sentence with transitive verb

How can I use a imperative sentence asking someone to perform an transitive action verb on somebody. e.g. I want my brother that he should wear shoes and make my dog also wear shoes. Is this correct ...
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Is “start” used with “fire” as a transitive or an intransitive verb?

Should I say The fire is reported to have started by accident. or The fire is reported to have been started by accident. P.S:Someone told me to use the former because "by accident" implies that no ...
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Transitive verbs without direct objects

My linguistics teacher said the sentence "She put the book on the table." is wrong without 'on the table' part. I disagree with him. Isn't in a sense transitive verbs also intransitive when you speak ...
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Literary devices and sentence structure in Matthew 7:1 (KJV)

I am a student who is looking for help on a specific portion of my discussion. I have been asked the following questions with respect to this KJV verse: Judge not, that ye be not judged. -- ...
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Is “bescumber” transitive or intransitive?

Behold! Did my lawn mower bescumber my neighbor's fence (transitive), or did it bescumber on my neighbor's fence (intransitive)? Or should I switch to passive voice and say my neighbor's fence was ...
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Verb transitivity in sentences with dummy subjects or with prepositions that look like dummy subjects

Suppose we put in play the rule that lay is used transitively and lies is used intransitively. How do you analyze constructions such as – Where the responsibility (lies/lay) has yet to be ...
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Is 'write' a transitive verb in this sentence? [closed]

"The book took more than four years to write." - from 'Joseph Anton' by Salman Rushdie
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Mnemotechnic approach to identifying transitive vs verb-adjective constructs

I'm no linguist, grammarian and not even an english speaker, please bear with me. I'm looking for a quick way to identify transitive vs intransitive constructs, for example, in the sentence "the ...
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Is there a non-prepositional (i.e. more active) verb that captures “X is diminished by Y” where Y is the object of the verb?

I'll give two examples to try to clarify what kind of word I'm looking for. "The water diminishes the fire. The fire is diminished by the water." The water and the fire are set against each other, so ...
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recent use of “to debrief” in AE as an intransitive verb but no dictionary says it can?

The online OED defines to debrief as follows transitive to obtain information from Examples Leonov and Belyaev..will stay at the space station for several days to be debriefed (1965) The online ...
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Transitive use of suicide

To suicide is an intransitive verb meaning “to kill oneself”. I’ve seen it sometime used it transitevly meaning “made to commit suicide” as in the following examples: From “The Enigma of Ralph A. ...
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Can “procrastinate” be a transitive verb?

I recently read in a book about someone who "procrastinated her tax return", which seemed very strange to me. Is this usage common, and if so is it considered correct?
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Transitivity of the verb “undertake”

It seems obvious that undertake is intransitive in such sentences as undertake to learn to swim State senators undertook to use federal funds for improving schools. To join the club, you ...
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Is “ran” transitive or intransitive in “The boy ran a long distance”? [closed]

The sentence was "The boy ran a long distance." I answered that the verb "ran" was intransitive. Is it correct ?
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Transitive verbs have objects, Intransitive don't. I get it, but how does that help you when you are learning English? [closed]

I'm not asking this in an ignorant way, I'm merely asking how it helps.
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What is it called when I poop the dog?

I'm wondering what it is called when a non-transitive verb is used as a transitive verb. An example would be if someone took the dog outside so it could defecate, and said, I pooped the dog. I ...
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Dropping “it” in America

Before I embraced descriptive grammar it would really grind my gears when I heard, usually from someone with a US American accent, phrases like "I hate when that happens". "Hate is a transitive verb!" ...
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Is this a complex sentence?

In a comment on a previous post, a member explained to me: that a complex transitive verb (or clause) is defined as one that has a direct object and a complement that specifically relates to the ...
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screen as an intransitive verb?

Most dictionaries list the verb screen in the sense of showing a movie as a transitive verb, but I have seen the following sentence: 48 hours of movies will screen in the movie theater. Do you think ...
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Is the colloquial euphemism “to be volunteered” recent?

When someone is forced to volunteer for something, he or she can be said to be volunteered. For example, if a manager asks an employee, could you volunteer to perform task X, then the employee may ...
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Can transitive verbs be further broken down?

Can transitive verbs be further broken down into different types of transitive verbs? For example, I think there are change of state transitive verbs and stative transitive verbs, and was wondering ...
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what is the meaning of “ much less”? [closed]

"I could not afford a bicycle much less a car." I wanna know what does this word "much less " mean ?
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to move + plural noun

I'd like to know whether in 'to move countries' the singular could be used instead, and the productivity of this grammatical structure ('to change schools', for example, is grammatical?). Is it ...
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Repeating the object in a list of transitive verbs

You have received this proposal. Please decide whether you would like to accept it or reject it. Is it correct to repeat the object it in this sentence or should I skip it until the last verb? For ...
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Can “flourish” be used as an active verb?

I would like to say the following: "Taking this job would allow for these ideas to flourish". But I'm wondering whether I can say it in an active manner: "Taking this job would allow for me to ...
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What does “program to” mean in “Program to an interface, not an implementation”?

This is a design principle in object-oriented programming: Program to an interface, not an implementation. At last now I know for sure what the principle means (thanks to @DanBron in the comments) ...
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Ask about passive voice [closed]

Which is correct? John F.Kennedy became the 35th president of the USA in 1960-the youngest man ever was elected. or the youngest man ever to be elected
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is “I bring that statement to contest” grammatically correct? [closed]

My question is if the sentence "I bring that statement to contest" is grammatically correct and in a logical sequence of words that can be understood. Also, I would like to know if that is a ...
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What transitive verbs can act intransitively?

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.
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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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Can commensurate be used as a transitive verb?

I need to make two datasets commensurate. Can I "commensurate" them?
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What are some give-type verbs that cannot undergo straight dative alternation?

The following dative alternations sound off to me: I want to donate my clothes to charity. --> I want to donate charity my clothes. He has to submit his paper to his teacher. --> He has to ...
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Transitive / intransitive verbs

I’d appreciate a second opinion on an exercise I’m doing, that is, to determine whether the main verbs of sentences are transitive or intransitive. The sentence is as follows: The teacher decided ...
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“Hover a link” vs “hover over a link” [closed]

Which is correct: "hover a link" or "hover over a link"? (context: hovering a mouse over a computer hyperlink) I'd especially appreciate a reference (like a dictionary citation) so that I learn how ...
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The construct: [subject] “approximates” [something] to [something else]

Cambridge provides this example of "approximate" as a verb: to come near in ​quality, ​amount, ​value, or ​character: The ​painting only approximated the ​mountain ​landscape. Similarly, ...
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“To” with transitive verbs [duplicate]

Which sentence sounds better: "Who is she speaking to?" or "To whom is she speaking?". As I see, the both are grammatically correct, whereas books have the former example and in speech I notice ...
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What is the meaning of the word “matches”? [closed]

I am studying regular expressions. A regular expression is a pattern that you can match in a text. In books, I often read things like the period . matches any single character. What is the ...
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Is “posit Pluto not a planet” a valid rendering of “posit that Pluto is not a planet”?

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"?
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He happened + infin

I happened to see... In sentences like this, is the infinitive the object of happen? Can happen be transitive?
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Is “ran after” a phrasal verb?

I'm having some difficulty parsing this sentence: "The old beggar ran after the rich man." Is the verb "ran" (intransitive) with no object, or is it "ran after" (transitive) with the object "man"? ...
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Usage of transitive verbs [closed]

Transitive verbs when used in active voice take a direct object,that is to say not preceded by a preposition.However,transitive verbs when used passively take the preposition - to,by or from.This may ...
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“I don't mistake” or “I don't make a mistake” Which one is correct? [closed]

I have a query about these sentences: If I do not mistake, she would be his fiancée ... but my teacher told me that it must be expressed in another way If I do not make a mistake, she would ...
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What word describes the process of a ship being slowly “swallowed” in the sea?

Trying to find a word which will describe the slow process of the absorption of a ship by the sea. Metaphysical words are also welcome. Sea water swallowed the ship.
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“Informing” — Gerund instead of Verb+Object?

I think if we take informing as a noun in this sentence, it should be fine. What are your views on the grammaticality of the following sentence? He left me without informing.
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“Find” as a transitive verb

I know that in this example I find it quite hard to do something the verb "to find" must be followed by the pronoun "it". But what if I say One thing I found "it" to get used to doing is… ...
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Intransitive use of the verb “reduce”

I know that the verb “reduce”, which is often followed by an object, can also be used intransitively, as dictionaries show very clearly. What I am unsure of, however, is whether “reduce” could ...