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    Is it correct?

    With Silk Stockings, I was easily able to envision Mr. Sommers’ initially controlled excitement and effortlessly watch the woman’s resolve enervate, and watch her binge, forgetting about her children’s needs. There were a few portions of the story that were especially illustrative.


    Enervate is a transitive verb and an adjective. Is my usage correct? What is the object of enervate, if I am?


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    Re: Is it correct?

    It looks OK to me- I'd say it was being used as a middle verb:
    https://www.usingenglish.com/glossary/middle-verb.html
    I suppose you could rewrite it as the women enervated their resolve.

    Abnother, very similar use is the ergative verb:
    https://www.usingenglish.com/glossar...tive-verb.html


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    Re: Is it correct?

    Where should one go for a book as indepth as ergative verbs and middle verbs?

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    Re: Is it correct?

    It's not a huge area in English, so outside technical papers, there isn't much- many grammars skate over or simply make no mention of them. In some languages like Greek, or so I have read, there exists a Middle Voice.

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