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    Transitive/intransitive

    Hi there,
    Is the following verb in the sentence transitive or intransitive?
    "I went to the party with dad."
    Thanks.

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    Re: Transitive/intransitive

    Quote Originally Posted by haseli123 View Post
    Hi there,
    Is the following verb in the sentence transitive or intransitive?
    "I went to the party with dad."
    Thanks.
    It's intransitive. In most cases, the verb go is intransitive; there are only a few uses of go that are transitive.

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    Re: Transitive/intransitive

    Quote Originally Posted by haseli123 View Post
    Hi there,
    Is the following verb in the sentence transitive or intransitive?
    "I went to the party with dad."
    Thanks.
    Here's a trick you can use to determine whether a verb is transitive or intransitive: put the word something after the verb and if the resulting sentence makes sense, then the verb is transitive:

    • I ate something.
    • I fell something.
    • I typed something.
    • I went something.

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    Re: Transitive/intransitive

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    It's intransitive. In most cases, the verb go is intransitive; there are only a few uses of go that are transitive.
    Please engee30, could you give us a few examples where go is transitive ?

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    Re: Transitive/intransitive

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Here's a trick you can use to determine whether a verb is transitive or intransitive: put the word something after the verb and if the resulting sentence makes sense, then the verb is transitive:

    • I ate something.
    • I fell something.
    • I typed something.
    • I went something.
    Soup, I am not an expert on this subject, I am just trying to learn a bit.
    So I ask you: Only the word something does the job here? What about
    the word somewhere ? I am trying to compare with another languages,
    I think in another languages the verb go maybe classified as indirect transitive.

    By the way, is there such nomenclature as direct object and indirect object, thus leading to the concepts of direct transitive and indirect transitive in English?

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    Re: Transitive/intransitive

    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    Please engee30, could you give us a few examples where go is transitive ?
    Oh, the transitive uses of the verb go don't involve the action of moving. One of such a use is this:
    The story goes that the castle was built by Emperor Frederick Barbarossa.

    In all cases where go means travel, the verb is intransitive.


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    Re: Transitive/intransitive

    Quote Originally Posted by haseli123 View Post
    Hi there,
    Is the following verb in the sentence transitive or intransitive?
    "I went to the party with dad."
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    No. There exists no object in the sentence.

    to the party = obligatory locative complement
    with dad = modicative adjunct

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    Re: Transitive/intransitive

    Thanks a lot for all your contributions. By the way, do you recommend any good English grammar book which covers those addressed topics like
    transitivity, intransitivity, obligatory locative complement, modicative adjunct and so on?

    Please reveal your secrets.

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    Re: Transitive/intransitive

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    Oh, the transitive uses of the verb go don't involve the action of moving. One of such a use is this:
    The story goes that the castle was built by Emperor Frederick Barbarossa.

    In all cases where go means travel, the verb is intransitive.
    I would disagree with engee that 'go' in the sentence above represents a genuinely transitive use of the verb, since its supposed 'object' (the that-clause) is replaceable, not by any noun, but only by an adverbial such as 'like this'.

    There are, however, a very small number of cases where 'go' can govern a noun phrase as direct object more or less in the manner of a true transitive verb, e.g. 'go the distance' (complete the whole of a specified route/task), but these tend to be very much fixed phrases (you cannot *go the track/road/street/...) and are generally rather informal in register, and so should probably be used by the learner only with caution.


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    The plan goes awry. -- linking verb -- a multipurpose verb with multifunctions

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