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    Question v.intr. 1.To fall in drops.

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    I find the interpretation of "drop" from drop: Definition, Synonyms from Answers.com, and have a question about "v.intr. 1.To fall in drops.", is the last drops a none or intransitive or transitive?

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    Default Re: v.intr. 1.To fall in drops.

    In that example, "drops" is a noun.
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    Default Re: v.intr. 1.To fall in drops.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    In that example, "drops" is a noun.
    Thanks.

    If it is a none, why adding -s to drop?

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    Default Re: v.intr. 1.To fall in drops.

    It's "drops" because there is more than one drop.

    The rain was falling buckets.
    The leaking water was falling in drops, each making a loud "splat" sound that competed with the ticking of the clock to reinforce each passing minute of my insomnia.
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    Default Re: v.intr. 1.To fall in drops.

    Quote Originally Posted by fenglish View Post
    Hi,

    I find the interpretation of "drop" from drop: Definition, Synonyms from Answers.com, and have a question about "v.intr. 1.To fall in drops.", is the last drops a none or intransitive or transitive?

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    Hi!

    I'm not a teacher.

    In this description "v.intr. 1.To fall in drops." the word 'drops' is a noun, not a verb and the grammatical note v. intr. concerns verbs, in this case the verb is to fall. It means that the verb to fall,in this particular meaning, cannot have an object or be used in the passive voice.

    Compere two sentences:

    1. Jill sang a song;
    2. Jill sang.

    In the first sentence Jill sang a songthe verb 'to sing' is a transitive one because it has an object 'a song' and we can change this sentence into the past passive one A song was sung by Jill.
    In the second sentence Jill sang the verb 'to sing' is an intransitive one because it has no object (Jill simply sang and we don't know what).

    Now:
    Water falls in drops from the tap.(intransitive)

    Here the verb has no object (a noun or pronoun that comes after the verb in the active sentence) and is followed by an adverbial phrase : 'in drops (how) from the tap (where).

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