LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||12/MAI/2011 10:20 AM|
|Assunto:||ergative verbs (?)|
Have you guys ever heard of them? What would they be called in the Portuguese grammar?
What are they used for?
"In English, most verbs can be used intransitively, but ordinarily this does not change the role of the subject; consider, for example, "He ate the soup" (transitive) and "He ate" (intransitive), where the only difference is that the latter does not specify what was eaten. By contrast, with an ergative verb the role of the subject changes; consider "it broke the window" (transitive) and "the window broke" (intransitive).
Ergative verbs can be divided into several categories:
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