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    Transitive or Intransitive verb

    Is saved an intransitive or transitive verb in this sentence?

    The discovery the scientific team made in December saved a life in March.

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    Re: Transitive or Intransitive verb

    What do you think? Is there a direct object or not?

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    Re: Transitive or Intransitive verb

    "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.

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    Re: Transitive or Intransitive verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Elitez View Post
    "life" is not an object
    It is the direct object of the verb in your sentence.

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    Re: Transitive or Intransitive verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Elitez View Post
    "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.
    In "saved a life", "saved" is a transitive verb and "a life" is the direct object. There is no other way to look at it.

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    Re: Transitive or Intransitive verb

    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.

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    Re: Transitive or Intransitive verb

    What did the discovery save?
    It saved a life

    It's a direct object.

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    Re: Transitive or Intransitive verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Elitez View Post
    "Life" is not an object so ...
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    Hello, Elitez:

    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.
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