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    Transitive/ intransitive

    Hi.
    I used the sentence below in the class and all my colleagues think it's wrong and I should change it into a passive sentence.
    "when I got home the toast had burnt."
    Since Oxford says: "if food burns, or if you burn it, it is spoiled because it gets too hot", I figured it was correct.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Transitive/ intransitive

    Quote Originally Posted by samira.m View Post
    Hi.
    I used the sentence below in the class and all my colleagues think it's wrong and I should change it into a passive sentence.
    "when I got home the toast had burnt."
    Since Oxford says: "if food burns, or if you burn it, it is spoiled because it gets too hot", I figured it was correct.

    Thanks in advance.
    To make it passive it would be "When I got home the toast was burnt."

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    Re: Transitive/ intransitive

    So is my sentence wrong?

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    Re: Transitive/ intransitive

    Quote Originally Posted by samira.m View Post
    So is my sentence wrong?
    Yes. If you want the active voice, say "By the time I got home, the toast had burnt."
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 13-Dec-2013 at 03:00. Reason: typo

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    Re: Transitive/ intransitive

    So I can use "burn" as an intransitive verb. Do the sentences below mean the same?
    "By the time I got home, the toast had burnt."
    "By the time I got home, the toast had been burnt."
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    Re: Transitive/ intransitive

    Quote Originally Posted by samira.m View Post
    Hi.
    I used the sentence below in the class and all my colleagues think it's wrong and I should change it into a passive sentence.
    There's no need to use the passive.

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    Re: Transitive/ intransitive

    Thanks for your help.

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    Re: Transitive/ intransitive

    From a safety point of view, I don't recommend leaving the house while waiting for your toast to be ready!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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