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Posted by on Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 8:03pm.

1. I grew 5 cm since last year!
2. I grew by 5 cm since last year!

(In #1, was 'by' omitted before '5 cm'? Then, 'grew' was used as an intransitive verb. If not, 'grew' was used as a transitive verb and '5 cm' is the object of 'grew.' Would you let me know about that?)

  • English - , Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 8:09pm

    You're right. The verb grow can be either transitive or intransitive.

    Although # 1 is most common, # 2 is also correct.

  • English - , Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 8:24pm

    Thank you. Then, do you mean in #1, 'grew' was used as a transitive verb and 5 cm is the object of 'grew'?

  • English - , Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 8:28pm

    Right.

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