Thursday, September 11, 2008

Deteriorate as a Transitive Verb

The other morning I thought about the word deteriorate and realized that I didn't know whether it was transitive or not. I mean, I know it's intransitive - Through frequent drug use, his brain deteriorated - but saying I deteriorated his couch sounded really weird. 

The answer was so obvious: Duh, it can be used both ways. Hotdog grease deteriorated his pants. 

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