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    Using the word "matter" as a transitive verb

    Hi folks,

    I heard a CNN newscaster say, "What does the election matter to the rest of the world?" Here, he is using "matter" as a transitive verb. What do you think of this usage?

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    Re: Using the word "matter" as a transitive verb

    Sorry — you reached the wrong conclusion. 'Matter' is an intransitive verb.

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    Re: Using the word "matter" as a transitive verb

    Thanks for your reply, but I haven't reached any conclusions. I'm just asking what native speakers of English think of this usage.

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    Re: Using the word "matter" as a transitive verb

    'The rest of the world' is after the preposition 'to', so it is not a direct object.
    Is it correct?

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    Re: Using the word "matter" as a transitive verb

    Thanks for your reply, but in the sentence "What does the election matter to the rest of the world?" the interrogative "what" is the direct object of the transitive verb "matter". It's the same as "What did he say to you?". "say" is a transitive verb and "what" is its direct object.

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    Re: Using the word "matter" as a transitive verb

    I think 'what' is not the direct object of 'matter', as 'how' is not the direct object of 'die' in 'how did he die in the accident?'

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    #7

    Re: Using the word "matter" as a transitive verb

    "What does the election matter to the rest of the world?"
    This is perfectly normal English usage.

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    Re: Using the word "matter" as a transitive verb

    Thank you Matthew Wal and bhaisahab. I replied to your thread but my replies don't show, so I'm replying to you again. First, Matthew Wal, 'how' and 'what' are different; 'how' is an interrogative adverb, so it can't be an object, but 'what' is an interrogative pronoun, so it can be an object.
    And bhaisahab, your reply is what I was looking for. So it sounds natural to you. That means "matter" can be used as a transitive verb in this sentence.

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    Re: Using the word "matter" as a transitive verb

    None of the dictionaries here define 'matter' as a transitive verb. (Click on the underlined link.)

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    Re: Using the word "matter" as a transitive verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    None of the dictionaries here define 'matter' as a transitive verb. (Click on the underlined link.)
    This is from Collins Dictionary:

    V-T/V-I If you say that something does not matter, you mean that it is not important to you because it does not have an effect on you or on a particular situation. [nocont, usu with brd-neg]
    ----------- Useful Signature ---------
    Warning: Take my words at your own risk, because I am neither a teacher, nor a native English speaker.

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