indirect transitive

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  1. (grammar, of a verb) Taking an indirect object.
    • 1999, Monique L'Huillier, Advanced French Grammar, →ISBN, page 245:
      French indirect transitive verbs, i.e. verbs which take an indirect object, cannot be passive.
    • 2008, Mark Donohue, Søren Wichmann, The Typology of Semantic Alignment, →ISBN, page 209:
      It is common, not only for perception verbs but also for verbs that convey a metaphorically directional action with partially affected objects (especially animate objects), to display canonical indirect transitive constructions.
    • 2008, Hindi-speaking Two-year-old Children's Development of Verb Constructions, →ISBN:
      Overall children's performance on direct transitive event (e.g. girl crumpling a paper) was not significantly different from their performance on the indirect transitive event (e.g. man putting powder in a liquid that changes its color).

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