Term: Middle Verbs


A middle verb is one that is grammatically active, though the meaning is closer to the passive. In some languages, this is recognised as a voice.

Porcelain breaks easily.

Porcelain doesn't break anything, though the sentence is active, but porcelain can be broken easily. This is an example of a middle verb, where it shows features of both the active and the passive.


See Also: Ditransitive Verb; Ergative Verb; Intransitive Verb; Transitive Verb

Category: Verbs and Tenses