Dear teachers,

There's something I still don’t grasp is to know when a verb like become, appear, grow, remain, stay, stand and seem (in which category would you list these verbs?); and verbs involving the senses like feel, look, smell, sound and taste are considered intransitive or intensive. Is it that if these kinds of verbs (and others?) are not followed by a complement or an object they are automatically intransitive? Would you please give me examples where both situations appear and how to recognize them?

Miriam has given me the sentence:

"Your dreams will come true."

How can I know that "will come" is an intensive verb is it because "true" here must be an adjective?

Thanks a lot.

Have a nice weekend,

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thank you paco,

im working on my midterm in linguistics. - charlie
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Hello Paco,

Your answer is perfect. I am alos interested in the topic. Thanks for your help.

Hello paco!
I'm an English teacher learner in college of Education- Rukara campus, Eastern province, Rwanda. i' m really confused with this types of verbs. as I knew, intensive verbs are those which can admit a subject complement and Extensive admit Direct object. the problem now is through extensive we can have either transitive intransitive verbs, and you know among transitive we also have a complex or two place transitive which carry direct object and a subject complement, so why transitive is included in extensive which carry only a direct object?
AnonymousHello paco!
Please note that you have added to a thread that is quite old. Take note of the dates.

We have reason to believe that Paco died quite a few years ago. His last post on this thread was more than 10 years ago.

I don't believe that the terminology "intensive" and "extensive" is being used these days, but you have a better chance of getting answers if you post your question as a new thread rather than adding it to such an old thread.

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