=to tell somebody off when they have done something wrong
I don't understand this explanation, more exactly ''to tell somebody OFF'' :-?
Nope.You said 'In addition', Casi. Geddit ;-)
Ta, but I was wondering if anyone had an intransitive example:BobK said:Was it you who were asking for an example? Here's one: 'When Peter limped home late, tired, and with his jacket torn, Mrs Rabbit gently chided him for going into Mr McGregor's garden - but she was too relieved to be really angry.'
I didn't read this carefully, and assumed that 'find fault' was just missing a 'with'; because I expected it to be transitive. I suppose sometimes its object is elided:...
chide –verb (used without object)
3. to scold or reproach; find fault. [Does anyone have an example for this?]
intransitive senses : to speak out in angry or displeased rebuke
Good example. Thanks. :-DI suppose this sort of transitive-but-with-an-omitted-object usage may occur in expressions like 'I know what you mean. She does tend to chide rather' - in which some people may detect an omitted object (one/you/people) and others may simply call it intransitive.