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    Hello, everybody.
    I found the following sentence in my chemistry book:
    "These increasingly important methods are used to analyze for trace pollutants in natural waters or for the tiny quantities of chemicals in human blood that may signal the development of a specific disease."
    However, as I looked the word up in every dictionary, I found that 'analyze' is a transitive verb. Therefore, I think that the use of 'analyze' in the sentence above is incorrect.
    What do you think about it?
    Thanks for any help.
    PS: Please show me every mistake I've made. Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khanhhung2512 View Post
    Hello, everybody.
    I found the following sentence in my chemistry book:
    "These increasingly important methods are used to analyze for trace pollutants in natural waters or for the tiny quantities of chemicals in human blood that may signal the development of a specific disease."
    However, as I looked the word up in every dictionary in every dictionary I looked up, I found that 'analyze' is a transitive verb. Therefore, I think that the use of 'analyze' in the sentence above is incorrect.
    What do you think about it?
    Thanks for any help.
    PS: Please show me every mistake I've made. Thanks again.
    It's correct. The methods analyze natural waters for trace pollutants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It's correct. The methods analyze natural waters for trace pollutants.
    So, how can I know whether a verb is transitive or intransitive in a particular sentence, e.g. the verb 'accept' in the following sentence: "They offered him the job, and he accepted?"
    PS: Please show me every mistake I've made. Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khanhhung2512 View Post
    So, how can I know whether a verb is transitive or intransitive in a particular sentence, e.g. the verb 'accept' in the following sentence: "They offered him the job, and he accepted?"
    PS: Please show me every mistake I've made. Thanks again.
    He accepted the job, or the offer. I'd call that transitive.
    But I note that some dictionaries call that intransitive. How does it matter? The meaning is obvious.

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