One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a verb) having a sense of causing a result and taking a complement as well as an object, as in he appointed me captain.
- ‘"The boy popped the balloon," is factitive, because "balloon" is a factitive object, that is, an object changed by the verb "popped."’
- ‘Dutch has two factitive verbs, vernieten and vernietigen, which both denote "destroy" and appear in the same range of uses and collocations.’
Mid 19th century: from modern Latin factitivus, formed irregularly from Latin factitare, frequentative of facere ‘do, make’.
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