He put the snacks on the table for us to savor.

Is the verb savour used transitively in the above sentence? Is this a case of ellipsis where the object them (snacks) is understood?

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    Yes, it's a transitive usage ...for us to savour [the snacks]. I think to savour can only be a transitive verb. But you should be aware that to savour isn't very often used literally today, so your example text might well be interpreted as a facetious usage even if that wasn't your intention. You might be better switching to an alternative, such as enjoy, nibble on, eat,... Mar 19 at 14:33
  • @FumbleFingers: Thank you very much. So it's used more figuratively then, right? Like He passed on his nuggets of wisdom for us to savor.
    – user40475
    Mar 19 at 15:29
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    I think you've got it, yeah. The example in your question is literal (snacks really are things to eat that are literally tasty!), but figuratively you could certainly savour "nuggets of wisdom" (a particularly apt metaphoric usage if the speaker knows of and likes to eat tasty chicken nuggets, as opposed to drooling over the prospect of finding valuable gold nuggets! :) Mar 19 at 15:54

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