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    Thanks - I miissed that.

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    Default Re: eggs are born

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    It's a schizophrenic sort of verb - I imagine there may be a word for verb that can be both transitive and intrensitive,
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    Yes, there is indeed: an ERGATIVE verb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by philo2009 View Post
    Yes, there is indeed: an ERGATIVE verb.
    Middle verbs also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToldiM View Post
    Middle verbs also.
    Middle verbs are rather different.

    Please read this extract from the Posting Guidelines:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    are rather different.

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    You are welcome to answer questions posted in the Ask a Teacher forum as long as your suggestions, help, and advice reflect a good understanding of the English language. If you are not a teacher, you will need to state that clearly at the top of your post.

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    If I read you correctly, Rover, you are trying to imply that, given that my opinion is at odds with that of yours, I can't be a teacher, and, consequently, in keeping with your rules, I must state my non-teacher status clearly.

    1. I am a teacher.
    2. Bob wrote: imagine there may be a word for verb that can be both transitive and intrensitive
    Middle words indeed fit in the description.

    Your link, who wrote that? The mailman? Who?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToldiM View Post
    If I read you correctly, Rover, you are trying to imply that, given that my opinion is at odds with that of yours, I can't be a teacher, and, consequently, in keeping with your rules, I must state my non-teacher status clearly.
    No, your profile says that you are not a teacher.

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    Here's our own forum's definition of middle verbs.

    My postman has never heard of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    My postman has never heard of them.
    Hope you didn't make him ring twice!
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    No, my profile says my status, my profession, is something even Rover is not granted authorization to poke his nose into ; since I had to choose something, I went for "other". That is another story.
    Is it not what we write in posts that matters, anyway?
    Rover is clearly wrong in his point, What is the point in stating statuses anymore?

    To 5jj: You do not like to label grammar (your signature), but, apparently, you are in favor of labelling people. why is that so?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToldiM View Post
    No, my profile says my status, my profession, is something even Rover is not granted authorization to poke his nose into ; since I had to choose something, I went for "other". That is another story.
    Is it not what we write in posts that matters, anyway?
    Rover is clearly wrong in his point, What is the point in stating statuses any more?

    To 5jj: You do not like to label grammar, but, apparently, you are in favor of labelling people. why is that so?
    The rules of the forum state that you are required to say whether you are a teacher or not when answering questions.

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