This is a sentence from an APNews article.

Global supply chains became seized up.

I think the part in bold should be 'seized up' because 'seize up' is not a transitive verb.

Am I wrong?

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    Both are possible with little difference in meaning though the grammar is different, of course.
    – BillJ
    Commented Feb 17, 2022 at 8:00

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Here, “seized up” functions as an adjective, describing “global supply chains.” This website explains more if you’re looking for further information on how that works.

  • Thank you very much.
    – user149418
    Commented Feb 17, 2022 at 6:52
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    It might be helpful if you gave the reason that "seized up" is adjectival and not verbal.
    – BillJ
    Commented Feb 17, 2022 at 8:45

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