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139. Transitive and intransitive verbs.

Verbs that regularly take an object are called transitive verbs, verbs that do not regularly take an object are called intransitive verbs. So “κτείνω”, I kill, is a transitive verb; “σιωπῶ”, I am silent, is an intransitive verb. But any verb may be transitive or intransitive, according to its use, and the traditional distinction given is a mere matter of convenience, and does not rest on a difference of nature.

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