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  • n. The quality of being transitive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being transitive.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the grammatical relation created by a transitive verb


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  • When they follow any form of the simple verb of being they take the objective form, as in “it’s me, ” “it ain’t him, ” and “I am him, ” probably because the transitiveness of this verb exerts a greater pull than its function as a mere copula, and perhaps, too, because the passive naturally tends to put the speaker in the place of the object.

    Chapter 9. The Common Speech. 4. The Pronoun


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