Questions tagged [transitivity]

"Transitivity" is the number of Objects a verb takes. 'Intransitive' verbs take no Object; 'transitive verbs' take at least one Object; 'monotransitive' verbs take one Direct Object; and 'ditransitive' verbs take both a Direct Object and an Indirect Object. 'Ambitransitive' verbs may be either transitive or intransitive, and 'middle-voice' or 'labile' verbs may make an Object the Subject in the active voice

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Analysis with respect to other elements

I have a few ridge lines oriented in different directions. So, I want to check the orthogonality and parallelism of a ridge with respect to other ridges. I am struggling to figure out how to write ...
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Which one of the following is a correct grammatical conclusion?

I am practicing independent writing for TOEFL iBT test. I have read a passage which says that universities should focus more on research. I also have a listing in which the lecturer believes that ...
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Is using both “What has just happened?” and “What has been just happened?” fine?

What has just happened? What has been just happened? The first one is right, but my friend told me that we can't use “has been [...] happened” because it has two past participles, which is ...
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"Reply him" or "reply to him"

I always say sentences like "Reply him that you will deliver the report later". A friend of mine who is rather particular about English grammar says it should be "Reply to him that [...]". Is this ...
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"Make easy" vs. "Make it easy"

I need to know which of these options is the correct one and why: The Spanish cooking makes it easy to have a nice meal. The Spanish cooking makes easy to have a nice meal. I don't know if I need ...
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Using "raise" intransitively

Lionel Robert Jospin (pronounced lee-oh-NEL roh-BAIR zhoss-PAN) was born on July 12, 1937, into the Protestant family of a Socialist schoolteacher in Meudon, on the western edge of Paris. He was ...
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Transitivity of "to map" in mathematical nomenclature

Is "to map" a transitive verb, so that I can say "a mapping b" (a related with b), or an intransitive verb, so that I can say "a mapping with b" or "a is mapped with b" or "a mapping to b"?
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Can all transitive verbs take to-infinitive clauses?

“Yet it would be your duty to bear it, if you could not avoid it: it is weak and silly to say you cannot bear what it is your fate to be required to bear. (Jane Eyre) It seems ‘your fate to be ...
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