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    #1

    Look what happens when you're in love.

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    Look what happens when you're in love.


    2)
    Look at what happens when you're in love.


    Which one is correct?

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    #2

    Re: Look what happens when you're in love.

    They're both correct in American English.
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    #3

    Re: Look what happens when you're in love.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    They're both correct in American English.
    "Look" is a intransitive verb. Why is it that it can been followed by "what happens" as an object.

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    #4

    Re: Look what happens when you're in love.

    Quote Originally Posted by lagoo View Post
    "Look" is an intransitive verb. Why is it that it can been followed by "what happens" as an object.
    "Look" is also a transitive verb.
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    #5

    Re: Look what happens when you're in love.

    Strangely, the "at" seems omissible only in imperatives. We can't very well say:

    (?*) He is looking what happens. / (?*) He is looking who's here.
    (?*) He looked what happened. / (?*) He looked who was here.
    (?*)Did he look what happened? / (?*) Did he look who was here?

    But those would be grammatical with "at" after "look," or with "see" instead of "look."

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    #6

    Re: Look what happens when you're in love.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    "Look" is also a transitive verb.
    If you look at the 7 definitions listed as "transitive" in Merriam Webster:

    1) to look that no man lived idly (not transitive)
    2) look what I brought you (arguably not transitive)
    3) [no example given]
    4) we look to have a good year (not transitive)
    5) [no example given]
    6) the friar looked his surprise (transitive but archaic, which is not mentioned, by the way)
    7) looks her age (apparently transitive, but arguable)

    I would say that 2) is not a truly transitive use of the verb, but rather an idiomatic reduction of look at what I brought you. Phaedrus' post #5 supports this idea well, I feel.

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