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From:Trebor Jung <treborjung@...>
Date:Thursday, September 23, 2004, 1:35
?? írta: "[It] is not clear what a 'transitive' construction really is
outside of such criteria.  The fact that a verb has two arguments does not
automatically imply that one is a subject and one an object, since in some
languages various kinds of tests (passivization, e.g.) show the second one
to be some kind of oblique."

Yeah. Cf. "John and Mike went [there]".

Rodlox írta: "out of curiosity...what is an oblique?"

Something optional--
A: Where did you go yesterday evening?
B: I went to a hockey game.

B could've also said

I went to a hockey game yesterday.

but since A already knew when B went out-- he just wanted to know *where* he
went-- and B knew that A knew that-- B left out "yesterday" since it would
be redundant in this case.

"Oysters are a fine thing, so are strawberries: but mashed together?"