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    Would you help me with the meanings of 'handle' in the following sentences?

    1) "Now this is a really good car. I'm sure it handles well."

    2) "That's a fine-looking sports car you have. How does it handle?"

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    Re: Handle

    Handle is an ergative verb, which means it can be used with or without an object.

    The car handles[I] well = To handle [T] the car is easy.

    The car handles well -- the car is the grammatical subject but in terms of semantics, it is the object of the verb.
    Last edited by svartnik; 11-Apr-2009 at 10:40.

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