transitive verb question

Subject: transitive verb question
From: Cyndy Davis <kivrin -at- ZDNETMAIL -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 9 Jul 1998 09:16:28 -0700


I have a grammar question. "Display" is usually a transitive verb, meaning that it needs a complement to make a complete sentence. In numerous manuals I have seen display used without a complement (i.e., The File dialog displays.).

Has this verb mutated with the age of computers or is it one of those action verbs that changes with the intended meaning of the sentence. I would be interested in finding out how other writers use this verb.

Cyndy Davis
Technical Writer
Lenexa, KS


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