What do you think? Is there a direct object or not?
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Is saved an intransitive or transitive verb in this sentence?
The discovery the scientific team made in December saved a life in March.
"life" is not an object so "save" should be a intransitive verb. But the book which I am going through is given as transitive verb. So I thought of confirming if my understanding was correct.
Why did you think "a life" wasn't the object in that sentence?
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
What did the discovery save?
It saved a life
It's a direct object.
I was just wondering whether this might be the problem.
Maybe you think that the word "object" refers to a concrete thing that you can touch, such as "dog," "baseball," "pencil," etc.
And, of course, we cannot touch "life."
But in grammar, the word "object" just refers to a noun or noun-like word.
There are concrete nouns. There are abstract nouns that you cannot touch. For example:
They want democracy.
She learned humility.
He lacked kindness.
The invention saves time.
Last edited by TheParser; 27-Nov-2015 at 14:36.