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I was reading at another forum and someone mentioned that Dictionary.com has stopped marking verbs as transitive or intransitive altogether.

Also, I read somewhere else that the only (almost) certain fact is that intransitive verbs can't usually be made passive at all. It means that the most important feature is actually intransitivity, such as with seem, etc. There is a small list with a couple exceptions.

Interesting discussion. Thanks.

So, in other words, can we say that the object in an active sentence becomes the subject in a passive sentence?

The hunter killed the lion. [object = lion]

The lion was killed (by the hunter). [subject = lion]

Or is my dysania getting worse?

Tom

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