I've just read this sentence in a English vocabulary book:

a) I'm very pleased you are going to visit next week

The context: This person is very pleased to receive the visit of a friend.

So, mustn't be added the object pronoun me?

b) I'm very pleased you are going to visit me next week.

Or, is a) also valid?


Yes, a) is also valid. If you look at Merriam-Webster's definition (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/visit), you will see that visit can be both transitive (that is, take an object) and intransitive (without an object):

intransitive verb : to make a visit; also : to make frequent or regular visits

  • What I apprehend is that visit-intransitive can be used here because both people know the context. But is there cases where visit must be transitive? For instance: A: 'Have you decided whom are you going to visit?' B:'Yes, I am going to visit.' If this happens, there is no communication. So, is the intransitive form of visit always optional or are there situations where we can't use the intransitive, only the transitive? – viery365 Oct 1 '15 at 13:26
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    Yes, there are definitely situations where the intransitive form makes no sense. Your example is an excellent illustration of that. – oz1cz Oct 1 '15 at 13:57
  • Thank you:) I needed these confirmation words. I think now I understand. Thank you again! – viery365 Oct 1 '15 at 16:35

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