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  1. He just wants to inform.

  2. I am just informing.

  3. She sometimes informs wrongly.

"Inform" is a transitive verb. (Source) But in the above sentences "inform" is used as an intransitive verb. Is such usages idiomatic?

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  • This is common in Indian English Jul 30, 2019 at 11:47

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"inform" can be used without a direct object in "elliptical" sentences where words are left out because they are understood from context (the object of "inform" is meant to be understood by the reader).

Collins Dictionary says "inform" is intransitive only in Am.E. and means "to give information; to give information laying blame or accusation upon another".

As for the grammar, your 1st sentence is incorrect, because (the verb and subject in it don't agree - corrected) there is no object of inform (since there is no context we can't tell who or what is being informed). Your second and third sentences are missing a direct object too.

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  • So, can "he just intends to inform." be seen as an elliptical sentence?
    – Sasan
    Dec 13, 2017 at 14:49
  • In a context, yes. Dec 13, 2017 at 15:01

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