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Questions tagged [transitivity]

Questions about verbs that take direct, or both direct and indirect, objects.

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Intransitive use of the verb to trigger

The Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary of English states that "to trigger" is a transitive verb. Therefore it would be incorrect to state "An alarm triggers". We have to say "X triggers the alarm" or ...
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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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Why isn’t a verb’s transitivity considered only a matter of meaning, not one of grammar?

After reading some examples of intransitive verbs, I get the impression that transitivity is not a grammatical concept. It seems that it hangs on the meaning not the structure of the verb in the ...
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“To agree with someone”: is that prepositional phrase an adverbial or a nominal one?

In this sentence: I agree with you. What is the function of the prepositional phrase ”with you” there? Is it an adverb or noun? If it is an adverb, then what type of adverb is this?
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“She wanted out of this dump.” What is the grammatical function of “out of this dump”?

I came across a line in a movie. She wanted out of this dump. She wanted to start a new life. It seems the sentence is missing to get/be/go. Is the sentence grammatical as it currently stands? ...
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Why does “writes” take “to” but “reads” not take “to”? [closed]

I hope this is the right sub, but I was wondering what the technical difference is between words such as "write", which take the particle "to" when involved with a grammatical object, and "read", ...
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The intransitive usage of “satisfy”

I lighted upon a sentence in the New York Times: Actually almost any tidbit — notably pigs in blankets — that the bar sends my way will satisfy. This usage of satisfy strikes me as uncommon, if ...
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Can copula+adjective be transitive or intransitive?

The beginning of the article What is consciousness, and could machines have it? (full text PDF is a google search away) contains the following: The word “consciousness,” like many prescientific ...
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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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What is the function of these prepositional phrases coming after V + DO with the verbs “clear” and “nudge”?

I would like to know what structural elements (form) would you consider to describe the function of the prepositional phrases in these sentences: Chris Christie’s announcement Tuesday cleared the ...
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Ways to limit/narrow the list [closed]

How to arrow/limit the text that comes after some broader meaning. For example: Several models have been proposed in the field of mathematics and engineering. Now I want to limit my further ...
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Can you say “Vanishing all comments”? [closed]

This is an argument I had with a colleague of mine. We're trying to say that all the comments have been cleared, as per the client's requests. He issued a report to a client, on which the client had ...
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Is this usage of the verb “conclude” appropriate? [closed]

I have these three sentences: Throughout human history, mental illness has been stigmatized beyond belief. Individuals that have been diagnosed as mentally ill have been subject to social ...
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Thank for : Thank

I had got one message from co-worker : Thanks your support But I had thought thank for your support is correct. So I had checked en.wiktionary.org and it doesn't have thank with a meaning of ...
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“You hear but you don't listen” or “You listen but you don't hear”?

My teacher introduced the quote: You look but you don’t see. You hear but you don’t listen. But I also saw books saying: You look but you don’t see. You listen but you don’t hear. ...
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“To rejoice” as a transitive verb

From the fourth sentence of the Edgar Allan Poe story 'The Oblong Box': "…and among other names, I was rejoiced to see that of Mr Cornelius Wyatt…" 'Rejoiced' here is being used as a transitive verb,...
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Is “to relate to” ditransitive or intensive?

I'm working on ditransitive verbs, and I've found out a trouble concerning the following sentences: Benevolence in the students was related to parental appreciation of universalism, and vice ...
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Is “I will sleep you to bed” grammatically correct? [closed]

Like we use "I will walk the dog to the park", is using "I will sleep you to bed" grammatically correct?
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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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Do reflexive verbs often evolve into intransitive usage?

With the relatively recent proliferation in the number and variety of genders that our contemporaries willingly proclaim themselves to be or belong to, a new intransitive sense of the verb identify, ...
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Can adverbs be qualified as transitive/intransitive?

In my english lesson today i was told that "afterwards" is an intransitive adverb (I cannot write "afterwards this") while "after" is a transitive adverb. Is this distinction transitive/intransitive ...
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Is it correct to say “I think sth important”?

I know that I can say: I consider this idea important. I deem this film stupid. I regard my health as important. But can I say: I think money/health/love/etc. important. Or does it have to ...
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How do I differentiate between direct and indirect object with an object of a preposition present?

I am working on the following sentence: They will look toward me, whom they pierced. I am aware that a basic rule to identifying an indirect object is to ask, "to whom?" However, in this case, I am ...
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Passive voice of intransitive verbs

Intransitive verbs have no objects, so they can not be used in passive voice, but I have seen many people using intransitive verbs in passive voice sentences. I am much confused how is it possible. ...
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Can “tamper” be used transitively?

Consider the following two statements: The file has been tampered with. The file has been tampered. Does the second version make sense, or should it always be "tampered with"?
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Can I use “procrastinated” with an indirect object?

This is what I wrote: I found the inspiration and energy to get stuck into old todos that were being consistently procrastinated. I believe this is an incorrect usage of the verb "procrastinated"...
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Historical Basis for “To Graduate” Being Only a Transitive Verb

About nine years ago, I received from a quite insistent source the claim that the verb "to graduate" is transitive, and, specifically, that the intransitive usage was wrong. For example, the ...
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Is there an error in 'Your English is terrible regardless of where you derive'?

I don't think the following sentence is correct: "Your English is terrible regardless of where you derive." but my elementary school English lessons have worn thin over the years. The closest I ...
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Using 'ride' vs. 'drive' when it comes to a motorcycle

Suppose I am offering someone a ride home. I know "I'll give you a ride home" would be correct. But can I also use ride as a transitive verb, as follows? Come, I'll ride you home. I'm asking ...
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Can “look” be transitive in the meaning “look at”?

For example: He examined the body indifferently, much like one would look a dead animal on a roadside. I would like to know if to look can be employed transitively like this. I'm sure I've read ...
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Should “afford” be transitive in “my chosen path has afforded (to) me unique opportunities”?

In a college essay I wrote a sentence that reads: Sixteen years later, my chosen path has afforded to me unique opportunities, limitless learning, and potential for growth. Should I use the verb ...
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How to distinguish between uses of words like 'Marry'?

Marry can be used both transitively: "Paul Married Jane" and intransitively: "I got married". Thus making the word ambitransitive But it has a third use: "Paul, the vicar Married Jane to ...
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“click on the image” vs. “click the image” [duplicate]

Transitive verbs take object directly. Source - http://grammar.about.com/od/tz/g/tranverb02term.htm If "click" is a transitive verb, why do we say "click on the image" and not "click the image"?
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Is the verb 'inquire' bitransitive?

People say the verb inquire can be bitransitive (i.e., ditransitive) and also monotransitive. I can find many examples of its monotransitive use, but none about bitransitive. Could you show me how ...
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“We provide you the ideal environment”

I wonder if I can also write "We provide you the ideal environment" or only "we provide you with the ideal environment"
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Can the verb “intake” be used intransitively? [closed]

Can a combustion engine be said to intake oxygen?
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“Enquire about whether” vs. “enquire whether”

I'm writing to you to enquire whether you have a need for I'm writing to you to enquire about whether you have a need for Which is proper?
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“Suffer” vs. “suffer from”

I would like to know the difference between "suffer" and "suffer from". From the dictionary, I cannot distinguish between them. In particular, which of the following should I use: suffer ...
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“Contest against an argument” or “contest an argument”?

I have a student that repeatedly writes of “contesting against former arguments”. Is this correct? I know it is normally “contest an argument”, but I’m not sure if the other use is valid also.
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People can ‘abide by’ the law, but can the law ‘abide people’?

Time magazine copy chief and copy editor pointed out the grammatical errors of many movie titles, and suggested corrections in the article of Time magazine (May 24) titled “Writing Wrongs: 10 Movie ...
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Usage of “accrue” in “it accrued to me to gently ask” [closed]

A newage hippie Facebook friend just sent me this. I was just wondering if it was syntactically correct, It accrued to me to gently ask if you could consider extending the same respect, you would ...
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“The same X” and intransitive verbs

As I have had explained to me at great length, wonder is intransitive. That's fine, but it can seem to take an object: Jim: Yesterday I wondered what that mark on the wall was made by Dave: I ...
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'Meeting us' or 'meeting with us'?

What is the difference between meeting with someone or meeting someone? For example when I would like to ask someone if he is happy to meet with me and my friend for the first time, how should I ask? ...
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“Disappear” as a transitive verb

I hear it more on more frequently on the news, as in: The North-Korean regime has disappeared scores of dissidents over the past twenty years. Has disappear always been used in such a way, as a ...
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Passive voice for sentences like “He is going somewhere”

I have this sentence that I trying to render into passive voice: Tom is going to school. According to the rules described in this document (“Passive voice with direct and indirect objects”), it ...
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"crash someone's couch” vs “crash on someone's couch”

I am wondering which one is the exact expression. I thought that here "crash" is used in place of "occupy", which means the first one is the correct expression. On the other hand I have always heard ...
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Grammaticality of “help someone something” [closed]

A few times I've encountered phrases of the form "help yourself [something]", for example "help yourself some water". I consider this form to be ungrammatical, but I am not a native speaker. Is it ...
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Is this transitive or intransitive?

Let's consider this situation. A mother asks her child, "Who ate this apple?" Then her son replies, "I didn't eat." In this situation, is "eat" an intransitive verb when "the apple" is omitted? I ...
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Is “develop” transitive in “technology developed by X”?

In the following phrase, is developed a transitive verb? Technology developed by the XXX company.
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Use of gerund without preposition “to”

Can I use gerunds with the word "concede" without using preposition "to" as in the sentence below? He concedes killing his wife.