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    #1

    boring question about verb transitiveness - do not read it :)

    sorry i still seem to have problems to distinguish if a verb is transitive or intransitive. That is obviously crucial for identifying the objects and other sentence elements.

    Ok, lets take the verb keep.


    Eg. I still keep guessing.

    Sure the word keep is generally ambitransitive, but what about keep in this sentence context? I automatically assumed that, given the gerund phrase "guessing", it was transitive. Although, this website keep - definition of keep by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia. claims opposite.

    The cardinal question is, how do i make transitiveness out of ambitransitive verbs without looking up a dictionary? is there any rule of thumb?


    thank you


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    #2

    Re: boring question about verb transitiveness - do not read it :)

    Perhaps in this case guessing is not a gerund. Would that help?

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