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Post by Lone » Mon Jan 09, 2017 2:56 pm

'Descriptive writing's main purpose is to describe.'

Is the above sentence grammatically correct? The dictionary says the word 'describe' is a transitive verb, and it should take an object. Should the above sentence be changed to 'Descriptive writing's main purpose is to describe SOMETHING'?'

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Re: Infinitive

Post by Alan » Thu Jan 12, 2017 5:33 am

The objects of transitive verbs can frequently be left implicit, and this is one such case.

The meaning, of course, is 'describe things/people'.