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    "Set" is intransitive?

    I often take the online quizzes at usingenglish.com before using them with my students, to make sure I know what I'm doing. Tonight, I took a quiz on "Transitive or Intransitive", and got marked as 9/10.

    The score page said: "The questions you got wrong: 4: 'Set' is transitive."

    I checked my answers, and there it was:
    Q4 - 'Set' is transitive.
    True False

    And I had clearly marked "True". Since the answer page told me this was incorrect, I skulked off to the OED, and found that the obviously quasi-literate hacks who threw that sham together also think that "set" is often used as a transitive verb. So, am I wrong (albeit in outstanding company if so), or is the quiz wrong?

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    Re: "Set" is intransitive?

    Obviously the quiz needs to be changed.

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    The answer key says 'Set' is transitive, which is interesting because it's also intranstive,

    Set also has some standard intransitive uses, as “to pass below the horizon” (The sun sets late in the northern latitudes during the summer) and “to become firm, solid, etc.” (This glue sets quickly).

    set - Definitions from Dictionary.com

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    Re: "Set" is intransitive?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Obviously the quiz needs to be changed.

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    The answer key says 'Set' is transitive, which is interesting because it's also intranstive,
    What's inte4resting is that the quiz marked me WRONG for saying "transitive". If the answer set says that "set" is transitive, then it ought not have marked my choice as incorrect, na?

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    Re: "Set" is intransitive?

    Quote Originally Posted by stuartnz View Post
    What's inte4resting is that the quiz marked me WRONG for saying "transitive".
    It's a glitch. To err is human, na? I'm sure they'll fix it (I've flagged your post).

    Look on the bright side, you were 50% right!

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    Re: "Set" is intransitive?

    Thanks- will sort it out.

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    Re: "Set" is intransitive?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    It's a glitch. To err is human, na? I'm sure they'll fix it (I've flagged your post).

    Look on the bright side, you were 50% right!
    Can you please explain to me the use of "na".

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    Re: "Set" is intransitive?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Can you please explain to me the use of "na".

    I would be truly surprised if anybody whose nym was bhaisahab needed "na" explained. If I am mistaken, माफ़ कीजिएगा, भाई-साहिब!

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    Re: "Set" is intransitive?

    Quote Originally Posted by stuartnz View Post
    I would be truly surprised if anybody whose nym was bhaisahab needed "na" explained. If I am mistaken, माफ़ कीजिएगा, भाई-साहिब!
    Ah, hai na?

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    Re: "Set" is intransitive?

    Quote Originally Posted by stuartnz View Post
    I would be truly surprised if anybody whose nym was bhaisahab needed "na" explained. If I am mistaken, माफ़ कीजिएगा, भाई-साहिब!
    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Ah, hai na?
    Now you've lost me I assumed it was just asking for confirmation - non?, n'est-ce pas?, c'est vrai?, isn't it?, no?... Maybe it's the Maori or Inuit version. You never know with these colonials

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    Re: "Set" is intransitive?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Now you've lost me I assumed it was just asking for confirmation - non?, n'est-ce pas?, c'est vrai?, isn't it?, no?... Maybe it's the Maori or Inuit version. You never know with these colonials

    b
    "Hai na" is Hindi, it means "is it not (the case)?" so, effectively, as you have said, non?, n'est-ce pas?, isn't it? etc.

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