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Is "go" both a transitive and an intransitive verb? Or is it only an intransitive verb?
I am not a teacher
Thank you, Rover.
Actually, I had a look at Mac Millan Dictionary before posting my query. But I read only 12 definitions. Now I read all the definitions of it and I found it was also a transitive verb when I read the 14th definition.
Cows go 'moo'.
***** NOT A TEACHER *****
Please look at this sentence: "The cow has gone dry."
Do you think the verb "go" in that sentence is transitive or intransitive?
Well, do you think that the word "dry" is an object?
A great scholar says that "dry" is actually a complement. (It completes the meaning of "The cow has gone.")
I think that you have probably guessed how that scholar classifies "go" in that sentence.
It is, he says, a copula or linking verb.
I have made up this sentence: "He goes berserk [crazy] whenever anyone disagrees with his opinions."
That scholar says that "go" is a regular verb in "The cow has run into the barn." (I believe that it is being used in an intransitive sense in that sentence. There is no object.)
-- George Oliver Curme, A Grammar of the English Language (1931), Vol.1, pages 26 -27.
Last edited by TheParser; 19-Feb-2016 at 13:08.