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    Our car collided

    Our car was collided with other cars on the street.

    I understand we can't use 'was' before 'collided"? Why?

    Collided is not an intransitive verb. Am I right?

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    Re: Our car collided

    You keep asking this question, so obviously the responses you've been getting about transitive/intransitive verbs and active/passive sentences aren't helping. I suggest you try to look at it another way.
    Your car collided with other cars. Why do you want to put 'was' before 'collided'?
    There must be some reason you want to take a good sentence, and make it into a bad one.

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    Re: Our car collided

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    You keep asking this question, so obviously the responses you've been getting about transitive/intransitive verbs and active/passive sentences aren't helping. I suggest you try to look at it another way.
    Your car collided with other cars. Why do you want to put 'was' before 'collided'?
    There must be some reason you want to take a good sentence, and make it into a bad one.
    I could not understand why can't we use "was"? I understand "collided" is transitive verb here.

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    Re: Our car collided

    "Collided" is intransitive there.

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    Re: Our car collided

    He knows that, from the many similar questions he's asked. But does he understand what it means?

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    Don't know.

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    Re: Our car collided

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    "Collided" is intransitive there.
    Transitive verbs are action verbs that have an object to receive that action whereas intransitive verbs there is no object to receive the action. To find a direct object of a transitive verb, we need to find a verb and then ask what or whom? If the questions seems non sensical then we are dealing with intransitive verb.

    I have followed the above rule in the original sentence. Like our car collided with what. The answer is "with other car". So I guess "collided" is transitive verb. Please let me know what am I missing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by suniljain View Post
    I have followed the above rule in the original sentence. Like our car collided with what. The answer is "with other car". So I guess "collided" is transitive verb. Please let me know what am I missing?
    If the car collided with other cars, the other cars is not the direct object of the verb. It is the object of the preposition ​with.

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    Re: Our car collided

    It is possible for phrasal verb to take a direct object, and therefore have a passive form:

    They wrote off their car.
    Their car was written off.


    However, even with phrasal verbs, it is not possible to insert part of BE into a grammatically correct sentence with a direct object:

    They was wrote off their car .

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    Re: Our car collided

    Quote Originally Posted by suniljain View Post
    To find a direct object of a transitive verb, we need to find a verb and then ask what or whom?
    Yes, but you didn't ask that. You asked 'with what', and that means that 'the other car' an indirect object. Ergo, it's intransitive.
    I am not a teacher

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