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- (grammar, of a verb) Taking an indirect object.
2008, Mark Donohue & Søren Wichmann, The Typology of Semantic Alignment, ISBN 0191528781, page 209:
- It is common, not only for perception verbs but also for verbs that convey a metaphorically directional action with partially affected objects (especially animate objects), to display canonical indirect transitive constructions.
2008, Hindi-speaking Two-year-old Children's Development of Verb Constructions, ISBN 0549518665:
- Overall children's performance on direct transitive event (e.g. girl crumpling a paper) was not significantly different from their performance on the indirect transitive event (e.g. man putting powder in a liquid that changes its color).