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    Can "rewarding" be present participle without objective?

    If you want your life to be more rewarding, you have to change the way you think.

    I was told that
    rewarding is adjective and can't be present participle in above sentence.
    Because reward is transitive verb.
    rewarding is present participle, it needs objective.

    But I think we ca
    n see it as present participle.
    That's because I found it is intransitive verb in below link.

    However, the problem is that major dictionaries say reward is used only in transitive verb.

    What I wonder is whether rewarding can be present participle without objective or not.
    Thank you for your reading.

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    Re: Can "rewarding" be present participle without objective?

    It is an adjective there. I think you have misunderstood the boxes on that dictionary page- they give definitions of the word in blue that is used in the definition of reward and not the word reward ​itself.

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