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Does a magazine read?
The article uses the following sentences as examples of ambitransitivity: " A few verbs are of both types at once, like read: compare I read, I read a magazine, and this magazine reads easily." Am I wrong, or is "this magazine reads" incorrect? I had always been told that such things (see also: "the soup that eats like a meal") were bad English. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 17:43, 4 February 2011 (UTC)
Countering Systemic Bias
This page is written entirely based on English. A lot of things could and should be said about intransitive verbs in many other languages. For example:
- Intransitive verbs in active languages
- Ergativity (mention it, explain the consequences)
- Link to many key words
- Unaccusative verbs and unergative verbs
- Transitivization, causation, voice, etc. (how languages manage those)
"run" and "age"
Can't "age" be used transitively? Don't distillers age the various forms of alcohol?
"Run" isn't a very good example. in the past it probably was, but you can "run a program," in which the program is the direct object (not sure about "run the bases," since it's an idiom, probably still intransitive in the sense of "run [around] the bases."). I'm removing it. — ዮም | (Yom) | Talk • contribs • Ethiopia 01:13, 14 July 2006 (UTC)
- "To be" is a copular verb and thus probably not a good example either. The problem is that in English many verbs are ambitransitive (both trans and intrans). "Run" is intransitive in most cases, and it can also be correctly described as intransitive in a non-exclusive way. Moreover, it's an interesting example because it's a volitional intransitive verb (unlike "sleep" and "die"). This distinction is significant, if maybe not in English (see Active-stative language). What about "swim"? —Pablo D. Flores (Talk) 17:38, 15 July 2006 (UTC)
- Yeah, I knew that it being copular would be a problem, but I couldn't think of an intransitive verb that never is not intransitive at the moment, and I didn't want to interrupt the flow of the sentence by reducing the examples. Swim is a good one, though. Good idea. I'll replace to be with that now. — ዮም | (Yom) | Talk • contribs • Ethiopia 18:33, 15 July 2006 (UTC)
- The verb "swim" can be either transitive or intransitive. It is misleading to say that swim is an intransitive verb in English, since it is also transitive. Source: Merriam-Webster's 11th Collegiate Dictionary. I'm looking for some intransitive-only examples in addition to die and sleep. I'm inclined to remove "swim" from the statement that it is an intranstive verb. Is there a reason for it being there?
- Kiwi brad 19:33, 17 January 2007 (UTC)
- "Swim" certainly goes under the ambitransitive category. You can swim laps, swim lengths, etc. I think "complain" is a good one, so I'll change it to that. --18.104.22.168 22:51, 30 October 2007 (UTC)
Examples in context
I'd have appreciated some exapmples used in context. The article begins with a definition and some examples: "In grammar, an intransitive verb is a verb that does have a subject and does not have an object. In more technical terms, an intransitive verb has only one argument (its subject), and hence has a valency of one. For example, in English, the verbs die, condescend and swim, are intransitive." But that technical definition did not really help, the examples not in context didn't help, and the rest of the article seemed to address sub-issues rather than the main topic. Can anybody help with this? Please let me know if I have used this page wrongly - I'm new. "Pij" 01:48, 29 September 2007 (UTC)
- Hmm. It's easy to give lots of examples, but hard to make the examples useful. I'll see what I can do. And yes, that's an appropriate use of this page; thanks. :-) —RuakhTALK 14:19, 29 September 2007 (UTC)
I think a very good example of incorrect intransitive usage is found in many computer manuals today which read, "The xxx screen displays." The word "display" cannot be used in this way and therefore one would need to write, "The xxx screen is displayed'.Digib —Preceding unsigned comment added by Digib (talk • contribs) 09:23, 22 February 2008 (UTC)
Intransitive because there's no direct object. But you could say, "He blew air into it." Likewise, "the wind blows" is usually intransitive but you could say "The wind blows cold fresh air/dust into the place." Which just shows that blow is both transitive and intransitive. Sluggoster (talk) 02:19, 12 May 2009 (UTC)
Merge with Unaccusative verb and Unergative verb
- See also Talk:Unergative verb#Merge discussion and Talk:Unaccusative verb for reference to previous merging discussions, but please follow up here.
I am against the proposed merge. I don't see why the two articles wouldn't have a standing on their own (especially Unaccusative verb, which is quite detailed). This article should probably mention these two kinds of verbs briefly (as well as be generally expanded and improved, as said in Talk:Intransitive verb#Countering Systemic Bias), but then the relevant articles should be linked as a "for further information". LjL (talk) 17:40, 27 June 2009 (UTC)
- I agree with LjL's objections. The term intransitive is very imprecise. In some languages, e.g. Dutch unergatives and ergatives/unaccusatives are quite distinct. However, as far a I can see unaccusative and ergative are synonyms and those two pages od need to be merged. As the term ergative constrasts better with unergative, I would propose to get rid of the unaccusative page in favor of the ergative one.
- I hadn't noticed that the original merge proposal had been expanded into a three-way merge (which I would have voted against). But I am still in favor of merging Unaccusative verb and Unergative verb, so I have retagged those articles and if anyone has comments, please follow up at Talk:Unergative verb#Merge discussion. CapnPrep (talk) 03:13, 16 November 2009 (UTC)
Hopefully, they will merge with a large split in between them also merges save space on wikipedia, this will stop all the redirects so, objections are ok but you need to see the whole point.Defector1234 (talk) 01:55, 20 May 2010 (UTC)
I removed some valency bullcrap from the lede; there's probably more in the rest of the article. Valency is only indirectly related to transitivity, and in languages that don't require subjects, there tend to be both 1-argument transitive verbs and 0-argument intransitive verbs. E.g. Finnish has sataa 'rain', which is normally used with 0 arguments or with a direct object as the only argument. brtkrbzhnv 22:56, 12 March 2011 (UTC)
- Unfortunately, I added some information about valency back to the introduction before reading the talk page. The current article jumps from an elementary education level to "valency changing operations" without any explanation for a non-expert. However, I think that I do not contradict the spirit of your edit in that I do not explicitly say what valency counts, only that there is a related concept of valency. It occurs to me as a non-expert, there could exist a language with 1, 0, or 2+ subjects. TelecomNut (talk) 02:39, 3 October 2011 (UTC)
The article says near the top:
<quote>Transitive verbs include to see and to give.</quote>
But those two examples are verbs that can be used intransitively, and with fairly trivial examples. To wit: "I see." and "Give generously to the Wikipedia foundation."
Better examples would be verbs that at the very least had far more esoteric intransitive constructions, or better, none at all. I will admit, however, that at the moment, it's hard to think of really good ones.
Intransitive verb "sleep"
Error in example
The so called ungrammatical example "Mary was hugged by her daughter" is clearly correct and is actually using the agent "by" as is said to be correct. I think the example should be "Mary was hugged her daughter" as the ungrammatical passive of "Her daughter hugged Mary" or "Mary hugged her daughter".