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    Using "depressurize" as an intransitive verb

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    Passengers on the Boeing 737 from Phoenix to Sacramento heard what sounded like a gunshot. The cabin depressurized, and oxygen masks came down.


    Is it not wrong at all to use "depressurize" as an intransitive verb?

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    Re: Using "depressurize" as an intransitive verb

    Quote Originally Posted by sunsunmoon View Post
    Is it not wrong at all to use "depressurize" as an intransitive verb?
    A verb that has the same meaning transitively and intransitively is called an ergative verb:


    Transitive: They depressurized the cabin.
    Intransitive: The cabin depressurized.


    With ergative verbs the object of the transitive construct corresponds to the subject of the intransitive construct. Ergative constructs look like passive constructs with the exception that passive morphology is not used:


    Ergative: The cabin depressurized.
    Passive: The cabin was depressurized.

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