Intransitive (definition)

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Intransitive verbs take exactly one subject argument and no objects. Typical transitive verbs include leave, arrive, laugh. The class of intransitives is divided into unaccusative verbs which have a single theme argument, such as arrive, and unergative verbs which have an agent such as leave.

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  • Carnie, Andrew (2006) Syntax: A Generative Introduction. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Crystal, David (1999) The Penguin Dictionary of Language. London: Penguin.
  • Crystal, David. (1997) A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics. Oxford, UK: Blackwell.