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Transitive vs. intransivite verbs



 
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Meaning of thrash | Expression: she wouldn't wear it
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Transitive vs. intransivite verbs #1 (permalink) Mon Oct 30, 2006 3:16 am   Transitive vs. intransivite verbs
 

English Idioms and Expressions, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #12 "No good", question 6

I honestly don't know how you do it because personally I couldn't cope.

(a) would be unable to manage
(b) would be unable to stay
(c) would be unable to hold
(d) would be unable to handle

English Idioms and Expressions, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #12 "No good", answer 6

I honestly don't know how you do it because personally I would be unable to manage.

Correct answer: (a) would be unable to manage

Your answer was: incorrect
I honestly don't know how you do it because personally I would be unable to handle.
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Why is (d) incorrect? Is it because handle is a vt.?
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Transitive vs. intransivite verbs #2 (permalink) Mon Oct 30, 2006 4:58 am   Transitive vs. intransivite verbs
 

Hi Haihao

Yes, that's right. The verb handle is almost always a transitive verb.

There is one way (with one specific meaning) to use handle as an intransitive verb, but that meaning doesn't fit the context of the sentence here.

http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary

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