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Question about transitivity/intransitivity

From:Thomas Leigh <thomas@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 28, 2003, 18:32
Okay, this is probably a stupid question and I should know the answer, but I wanted
to ask because I'm unsure.

A transitive verb is one which can take a direct object, e.g. "eat". An
intransitive verb is one which cannot, e.g. "go". So what if which *can* take a
direct object is used *without* one? E.g. you can say "I am eating an apple",
which is obviously transitive, because the direct object is there. But what
about something like "What are you doing?"/ "I am eating." Are those verbs
still transitive? Or have they become intransitive?



Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
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