a verb accompanied by a direct object and from which a passive can be formed, as deny, rectify, elect.
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What Are Irregular Verbs?Verbs (the action words in sentences) are grouped as either regular and irregular, based on whether they follow standard rules of conjugation. Some common irregular verbs include go, have, make, say, take, and know. Regular Verbs To form the past tense of a regular verb, just add -d or -ed to the end of it. For example, learn becomes learned in the past tense. Irregular …
- transitional cell carcinoma,
- transitional denture,
- transitional epithelium,
- transitional zone,
- transitory action
Origin of transitive verb
First recorded in 1580–90
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Some verbs can be transitive in one sentence and intransitive in another: turned is transitive in “Brenda turned the wheel sharply” but intransitive in “Fred turned when I called.”
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