transitive vs. intransitive verbs


In the following sentence:

"He pretended to receive revelations." Is the verb "to pretend" transitive or intransitive?

asked Jun 13 '13 at 00:31 Adam New member

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Hi Adam.  It's transitive (takes a direct object) because it is followed by an infinitive verb phrase, to receive revelations.  The answer to "What did he pretend?" is "To receive revelations," which is the object of the verb pretend.  Interestingly, the verb receive is also transitive, and its direct object is revelations.

link answered Jun 13 '13 at 00:41 Shawn Mooney Expert

Thank you Shawn. I appreciate the help!

AdamJun 13 '13 at 00:46

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