Intransitive verb + preposition becomes Transitive


I am trying to explain to my class the concept of the case where Intransitive verbs + proposition = Transitive verb.

ex. I wish for a car = I desire a car


So in this case, the meaning is transitive because it takes a direct object, but is the actual verb "to wish" considered to be used Transitively in this sentence?


Also, does this only happen when there is a corresponding verb in English that means the same thing (in this case, desire is Transitive and means the same as to wish for).


Or is it that any Intransitive verb followed by a preposition and then a direct object would be considered to be Transitively used?

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'Wish for' is a phrasal verb and is usually transitive. 'For' is part of the phrase, which makes this a prepositional verb.

I would tell your students to consider 'to wish for' a special case that is related to 'to wish', but with a differenct connotation.

link comment answered Oct 05 '13 at 11:13 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

I did not get this part  , I need mor explenataion.

link comment answered Oct 05 '13 at 15:28 Mahjabin Andar New member

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