As far as i know, Transitive verb can only become passive


Look at this example

  • The mangers talked about the problem.

  • The problem was talked about.

As far as i am concerned, when a preposition isn’t part of the verb (phrasal verb), the verb cannot become passive because it loses the feature of transitivity.

The preposition About in the sentence doesn’t form a phrasal verb with talk; however, it can come in a passive form.

How can talk about come in a passive form?

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    While your question isn't completely clear to me (technically, in fact, what you have written doesn't seem to include a question), your premise appears to be that "to talk about" isn't a phrasal verb. Actually, though, it is, and it is also transitive. (In your first example, "the problem" is the direct object of "talk about.") Does that help?
    – Nanigashi
    Jun 19, 2019 at 20:21
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    Quite obviously talk about is a phrasal verb because it can be put into the passive. Jun 19, 2019 at 20:24


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