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  1. Ana Laura

    Question a doubt


    I don't know if the verb 'spend' is transitive or intransitive in this sentence:

    'She spent the evening telling jokes'.

    I think 'the evening' is the D.O. but when I turn it into the passive voice it sounds strange. ' The evening was spent by her telling jokes??' ( I think it's not correct...)

    Spend is intransitive in this context?

    Thank you very much for your help.


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    Re: a doubt

    In this case, spend is a transitive verb and evening is its direct object. It sounds odd in the passive voice because many sentences do. That's why we English teachers always caution our students against the overuse of passive constructions.

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    Re: a doubt

    Hi, Laura.
    I concur with mykwyner.

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