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    Is fry a transitive verb?

    Dear teachers,

    I am confused by the word "Fry" after I have looked it up into an online dictionary in China.
    Here is the example sentence from the online dictionary:
    The eggs are frying in the pan.

    Can the word "fry" be used in this way?

    Is it correct if I changed the sentence this way:
    The eggs are being fried in the pan.

    thanks

    Kitty

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    Re: Is fry a transitive verb?

    Hi Kitty,
    That sentence is fine.
    So is "The cake is baking in the oven" and so is "The butter is melting in the sun."

    I don't know if you want to go any further, but if you look up "ergative" or "middle voice" you can learn more.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Is fry a transitive verb?

    It can be either transitive or intransitive.

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