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    It started or it's started

    "It started" and "It is started"

    What's the difference between transitive and untransitive "start"?

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    Re: It started or it's started

    If you have seen "It's started" somewhere, you need to know that it's a contraction of "It has​ started", not "It is started".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: It started or it's started

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If you have seen "It's started" somewhere, you need to know that it's a contraction of "It has​ started", not "It is started".
    So, 'start' in an intransitive verb. I read on a website that said, 'start' is also used as a transitive verb. What's the difference?

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    Re: It started or it's started

    "The business is started by him"
    "He started his own business"

    This is transitive of 'start', isn't it?

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    Re: It started or it's started

    Quote Originally Posted by Checkmate View Post
    "The business is started by him"
    "He started his own business"

    This is transitive of 'start', isn't it?
    The business was started by him.
    He started the business.

    Don't forget that "to start" has more than one meaning and can be transitive and intransitive. Look at all the examples HERE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: It started or it's started

    I would say intransitive "to start" for something natural and no one does it

    "It has started to rain" (It's impossible for someone else to start a rain)

    Am I right?

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    Re: It started or it's started

    Quote Originally Posted by Checkmate View Post
    I would say intransitive "to start" for something natural and no one does it
    I think it is correct to say 'the campaign has started', where someone started the campaign.

    Quote Originally Posted by Checkmate View Post
    (It's impossible for someone else to start a rain)
    Have you ever heard of 'artificial rain'?

    Not a teacher.
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 22-Oct-2014 at 11:47.

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    Re: It started or it's started

    It's hard to choose whether intransitive or transitive form.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think it is correct to say 'the campaign has started', where someone started the campaign.

    Not a teacher.
    I think it means the campaign has begun its activity
    Last edited by Checkmate; 22-Oct-2014 at 13:47.

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    Re: It started or it's started

    Quote Originally Posted by Checkmate View Post
    the campaign has begun its activity
    A campaign is a series of activities, so I would simply say 'the campaign has begun'.

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: It started or it's started

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Have you ever heard of 'artificial rain'?
    I would say "Artificial rain has been made".
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 22-Oct-2014 at 18:30. Reason: See below.

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