intransitiveness


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in·tran·si·tive

 (ĭn-trăn′sĭ-tĭv, -zĭ-)
adj. Abbr. intr. or int. or i.
Designating a verb or verb construction that does not require or cannot take a direct object, as snow or sleep.
n.
An intransitive verb.

in·tran′si·tive·ly adv.
in·tran′si·tive·ness, in·tran′si·tiv′i·ty n.
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Noun1.intransitiveness - the grammatical relation created by an intransitive verb
grammatical relation - a linguistic relation established by grammar
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My use of "lying" reflected the nature of the subject matter as being totally supine, docile, and without intent or energy--surely the very nature of intransitiveness. In my defence I offer the support of the Oxford Language Toolkit, soft cover, page 185; The Globe and Mail Style Book, page 183; and, not least The Canadian Secretary's Handbook, page 53.
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