Intransitive Verb Errors

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Intransitive!  Not allowed.

Source: Ville Miettinen
 from Helsinki, Finland

INCORRECT:  Recent studies have risen a number of key questions regarding the impact of CCTV on crime.

CORRECT:    Recent studies have raised a number of key questions regarding the impact of CCTV on crime.

RULE:   The verb  have risen is intransitive, and therefore it cannot have an object like a number of key questions.

   


INCORRECT:   A work managed by Rost(1991) has shown up about two hundred definitions since 1900 till 1990, while the major part of writers didn’t define it (Rost,1993).

CORRECT:   A work managed by Rost(1991) has revealed about two hundred definitions since 1900 till 1990, while the major part of writers didn’t define it (Rost,1993).

RULE:   The verb  has shown up is intransitive, and therefore it cannot have an object like about two hundred definitions.

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