One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘Like most English prepositions, near can be used either transitively (with a noun-phrase complement) or intransitively (without a complement).’
- ‘The available evidence thus does not make it clear that this verb can be used transitively, the ‘it’ of ‘suffice it to say’ not being particularly referential.’
- ‘In this instance ‘is’ speaks transitively and means approximately ‘gathered together,’ ‘collected.’’
- ‘In these examples, the meaning of the verb does not change whether it is used transitively or intransitively.’
- ‘Many verbs that are usually intransitive are also used transitively in Greek.’
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