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    "Discuss": a transitive or intransitive

    According to the Longman Dictionary, "discuss" is a transitive verb. However, I have found the following sentence with a preposition after it. So, I would like to ask if the use of "discuss" in the sentence is an intransitive as well or it is grammatically wrong:

    "What do I need to discuss with the parents when taking on a child?"

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    Longman Dictionary's definition:
    Discuss[transitive]
    1
    to talk about something with another person or a group in order to exchange ideas or decide something
    Littman refused to discuss the case publicly.
    If you would like to discuss the matter further, please call me.

    discuss something with somebody
    Pupils should be given time to discuss the book with their classmates.

    discuss what/who/where etc
    Your accountant will discuss with you how to complete these forms.

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    to talk or write about something in detail and consider different ideas or opinions about it
    This topic will be discussed in Chapter 4.

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    Talking Re: "Discuss": a transitive or intransitive

    You've got the answer to your question in the information that you posted!

    Your question:

    Quote Originally Posted by albertino View Post
    "What do I need to discuss with the parents when taking on a child?"
    And the answer:

    Quote Originally Posted by albertino View Post
    discuss something with somebody
    Pupils should be given time to discuss the book with their classmates.
    The preposition 'with' is part of the prepositional phrase 'with the parents', and refers to 'the parents', and not to what you need to discuss.

    What do I need to discuss? = I need to discuss what?
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    Bear in mind I'm not a teacher!

    BTW, what do you mean by 'taking on a child'?

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    Re: "Discuss": a transitive or intransitive

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    BTW, what do you mean by 'taking on a child'?
    Thanks, engee30.
    Sorry, I don't know the actual meaning of the phrase as well, as it is taken out from a concordance database out of context. : )

    How about this one:

    "More opportunities to exchange ideas and discuss (what?) with other students give me a better understanding of the situation."

    Is the use of the preposition correct? Should an object be added after "discuss"?

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    Wink Re: "Discuss": a transitive or intransitive

    Quote Originally Posted by albertino View Post

    How about this one? Is the use of the preposition correct? Should an object be added after "discuss"?

    "More opportunities to exchange ideas and discuss them with other students gives me a better understanding of the situation."
    Last edited by engee30; 04-Jul-2007 at 15:42.

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    Re: "Discuss": a transitive or intransitive

    What gives with the "s" in "gives"?
    Isn't the subject "opportunities" plural?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabledetached View Post
    What gives with the "s" in "gives"?
    Isn't the subject "opportunities" plural?
    Yeah, you're absolutely right! It's only now that I have noticed it. As you can see, the post was edited by me, and I forgot to drop the '-s' in the end (beforehand, I was trying to do something else with the sentence). I'm so sorry for the mistake!

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