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    "clear v.t. ...
    clear up ...(c) become unclouded, sunny, etc " quoted from a Chamber's Dictionary. Please give me an example to the explanation (c).
    It cleared up. Is it the best example? But "clear" here is an intransitive verb.
    Please clear it up. thank you!

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    Default Re: clear up

    It rained all morning but cleared up around lunchtime.

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    Default Re: clear up

    "clear up" is is a verb plus adverb particle combination in "The weather cleared up," and it does not require any obligatory adjunct.
    "clear" in "I cleared the desk is an transitive verb.
    "clear" in "My mind cleared when..." is an intransitive usage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Afit View Post
    "clear up" is is a verb plus adverb particle combination in "The weather cleared up," and it does not require any obligatory adjunct.
    "clear" in "I cleared the desk is an transitive verb.
    "clear" in "My mind cleared when..." is an intransitive usage.
    My real meaning is why the editor put "clear up ... (c) become unclouded " under "clear as v.t." but not " clear v.i." In fact when "clear up' used as "become unclouded " ,"clear" must be an intransitive verb.
    Please clear it up to me! Thanks !

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    Quote Originally Posted by notletrest View Post
    My real meaning is why the editor put "clear up ... (c) become unclouded " under "clear as v.t." but not " clear v.i." In fact when "clear up' used as "become unclouded " ,"clear" must be an intransitive verb.
    Please clear it up to me! Thanks !
    Are you sure that the dictionary places 'clear up' with that meaning under 'clear, v.t.'? Which edition are you using?

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    All questions of the type "Why does this horse have five legs" are more easily answered if a link is given to the picture of the horse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Are you sure that the dictionary places 'clear up' with that meaning under 'clear, v.t.'? Which edition are you using?
    Glad to meet you here. I am sorry I can't print and show you the page of the <Webster's dictionary of the Eglish Languag unabridged encyclopedic Edition > in 1979. In the dictionary under "clear v.i. 1...2...3...4... " , there is no verb phrase.(p.336):

    " fire ,v.i. ... fire up : (a) to start a fire in a furnace,stove, etc; (b) to become irritated or angry," The above is quoted from the Dictionary too. Obviously, in "fire up (a), fire is a transitve verb,,but (b), an intransitive one.(p.689)
    Thank you very much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    All questions of the type "Why does this horse have five legs" are more easily answered if a link is given to the picture of the horse.
    Thanls for concern!

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    Default Re: clear up

    The skies began to clear.

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    Default Re: clear up

    Hitler sort absolute power over Germany, especially over his political opposition, the Communists and Social Democrats.

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