When I use intransitive words, should I put the adverb after the intransitive words?


For example:

She sings loudly

In which stuation can I put the adverb before the intransitive verb?

Can I say:

Someone totally is beautiful


Someone is totally beautiful


Posted 2019-05-01T00:08:14.927

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Only verbs, not other words, can be transitive or intransitive. Transitive verbs take a direct object, Intransitive verbs do not. Many verbs can be ued in either a transitive or an intransitive style. Some call these verbs "ambitransitive". The verb "Sing", for example, can be used transitivly:

  • She sings a song.
  • He sings opera.

or intransitivly:

  • She sings all night long.
  • The rails sing after the train passes

When using a verb intransitivly adverbs often follow the verb:

The rails sing softly after the train passes

but this is not always the case.

More rapidly than ever he fell.

is an intransitive verb used with a previous adverb. There is no general rule for which verbs can be used in such a construction, as far as I know.

David Siegel

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Thank your answer, it is really useful – user94861 – 2019-05-01T08:05:26.510