RE: Displays: oops, and correction

Subject: RE: Displays: oops, and correction
From: "Dick Margulis" <margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2000 14:57:40 -0500


Perhaps you are correct that "the peacock displays" is an elided form of "the peacock displays his plumage," and is therefore transitive. But I think that what is really happening is created by a rule of inference from the noun phrase, "the peacock's mating display." If I'm correct about this, the verb _displays_ has no object.


bryan -dot- westbrook -at- amd -dot- com wrote:

>I don't know that I really agree with your example. To me, it just sounds
>like an incomplete transitive construction. The peacock is displaying his
>plumage. Whether the sentence explicitly states so or not, that is what is
>going one. Therefore, the verb is transitive.

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