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What's correct?

1) The skull protects on the brain

or

2) the skull protects the brain

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    What does your dictionary say about the verb "protect"? Is it transitive or intransitive? – Victor Bazarov Nov 9 '15 at 21:24
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    I'm happy that I learnt new term in English "transitive" and in "transitive", and I know their meaning in my language, but actually this is the first time that I'm exposed to these terms in English. I don't have idea and I've never noticed if any dictionary refers to this point. Indeed, after looking at the relevant entry I can say that you thought me a big lesson in grammar. Of course, in this case the answer is "protect on" because it's transitive verb. Thank you so much. merriam-webster.com/dictionary/protect – Judicious Allure Nov 9 '15 at 22:04
  • 8-O the answer is "protect on"? How did you get that from that page in Merriam-Webster's? There is no such sequence of words anywhere on that page! – Victor Bazarov Nov 9 '15 at 22:07
  • And apparently you didn't get what "transitive" and "intransitive" mean... I say, read about those again. – Victor Bazarov Nov 9 '15 at 22:09
  • You're right I opposite it inadvertently. I think that now it's Ok. Am I right? Look at my answer please. – Judicious Allure Nov 9 '15 at 22:12
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The answer is: it depends on the context, because according to the context it's decided if it's transitive or intransitive verbs.

In this context is a transitive verb and therefore the answer is "protects" (without prepositional)

The skull protects the brain

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/protect

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    Kudos! Better late than never. – Victor Bazarov Nov 9 '15 at 22:15
  • Indeed. :D sometimes when I focus on one thing I can miss the others. But I'm working on focusing all the planes. – Judicious Allure Nov 9 '15 at 22:17

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