According to "Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English", "An ergative verb can be either transitive or intransitive, with the same word used as the object of the transitive form and as the subject of the intransitive form, such as 'cooked' in the sentences 'He cooked the potatoes' and 'The potatoes cooked quickly'. " May I ask if there are any other verbs that could be used in this way? If verbs have the characteristics of both intransitve and transtive, then could I regard them as ergative verbs, i.e. with the same word used as the subject of the intrnasitive form. For example, I opened the door (transitive) or the door opened (intransitive)./The company shipped the books on (date)(transitive) or the books shipped on (date)(intransitive).
Why should I? Because it is more economical in words, I suppose.
Thanks for helping.
Last edited by albertino; 09-Jun-2007 at 15:43.