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    grammar

    Hi teachers:
    I would like to ask a question about grammar.
    I wonder which is right:
    1 It is too heavy to lift it. or
    2 it is too heavy to lift.

    Also
    3 I wondewr what term is used to describe
    4 I wonder what term is used to describe it.
    Could you clarify it for me?
    Thanks a lot!

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    Re: grammar

    I wonder which is right:
    1 It is too heavy to lift it. - you don't repeat the 'it'.
    2 it is too heavy to lift.

    Also
    3 I wonder what term is used to describe (incomplete, 'describe' is a transitive verb, needs an object)
    4 I wonder what term is used to describe it.

    not a teacher

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    #3

    Re: grammar

    Hello WUKEN,

    I would like to give you a little bit of information about verbs. I think it might help you in the future should you encounter similar interrogations.

    Tedmc has already mentioned it but I would like to explain it a bit further.

    Verbs in English are either transitive or intransitive.

    Transitive:
    Expressing an action carried from the subject to the object; requiring a direct object to complete meaning. Used of a verb or verb construction.

    In other words, use of transitive verbs requires an object.

    I wonder what term is used to describe

    The sentence above is incorrect because describe is a transitive verb:

    de•scribe (dĭ-skrīb)
    1. To give an account of in speech or writing.

    Which is why this sentence requires an object, in this case, the pronoun “it”.

    I wonder what term is used to describe it.

    I am a teacher but not a native speaker.

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    Re: grammar

    One more question, I wonder how to say it or I wonder how to say.
    Thanks a lot!

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    Re: grammar

    Hmm.. I think I should explain transitive verb again. :)

    Look at your question:

    I wonder how to say it or I wonder how to say.

    Say: is a transitive verb.

    So you need an object, in this case, it.

    I wonder how to say it
    is the right way.

    说 是及物动词。你需要在后面跟上宾语。

    If you need more information about this, I'll do my best to help. :)

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