Can the object of a transitive verb be unexpressed?


I read that there are cases where the object of the transitive verb is not actually expressed in the sentence, but implied. What would an example of this be?

asked Sep 23 '13 at 22:40 sali New member

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When the object is obvious to the reader, such as on a sign, the object is often implied.  Think of a sign that says "Do not climb" posted on a wall or fence.  Unless there happens to be a ladder beside the sign, we know what the implied object is.  Of course, this is also an imperative sentence, so the subject (you) is implied as well.

link comment answered Sep 23 '13 at 23:20 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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