What Are Ergative Verbs?
A verb that is ergative can be used:
- transitively (followed by an object)
- intransitively (without mentioning the object)
What Are Ergative Verbs Used for?
In an ergative verb use, the subject of the intransitive verb would be the object of the transitive form of the verb. Take a look at these examples:
Remember that the object of a transitive verb, which becomes the subject of an intransitive verb, usually refers to an object or a thing, not a person.
Common Ergative Verbs
Common ergative verbs in English are:
|Verbs of tranform or change||Verbs of cooking||Verbs of transportation||Verbs of movement|
Take a look at some examples:
Ergative verbs can be both transitive and intransitive verbs. The transitive form can mean the same or a little different from the intransitive verb.
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Transitive and Intransitive Verbs
'She smiled beautifully'. 'She started a rumor'. One of these sentences has an intransitive verb and one has a transitive one. Want to know the difference?
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Complex Transitive Verbs
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