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Can "depress" be intransitive? "The tiles depress when you step on them." I saw this sentence somewhere. But shouldn't it be "The tiles are depressed when you step on them." since as far as I know, the word depress is transitive only. I can't find the intransitive usage in dictionaries.
Aug 25, 2020 11:43 AM
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You could say "the tiles depress when you step on them." Another example, "The piano keys depress when you push them." It is extremely rare, so you don't need to worry about it. But it sounds fine to my ears.
August 25, 2020
Bunch - I agree with you. Depress is transitive only.
August 25, 2020
The object is the tiles. If you move the sentence around it bit it might help. When you step on the tiles, you depress them.
August 25, 2020
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