1. He planned hard to go on a trip.
2. He planned very hard to go on a trip.
(Are both grammatical? Is 'planned' an a transitive or an intransitive verb?)
3. He hoped earnestly to go abroad.
4. He hoped very earnestly to go abroad.
5. He hoped to go abroad earnestly.
6. He hoped to go abroad very earnestly.
(Are they all grammatical? Is 'hoped' used as a transitive verb or an intransitive verb? Thank you.)
English - Writeacher, Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 10:19pm
1-2. "planned" is intransitive.
It would be better to use "carefully" rather than "hard" in this context.
3 and 4 are fine; 5 and 6 are not. The adverb needs to be as close to the verb as possible, or you'll end up with a misplaced modifier.
Verbs that have direct objects are transitive.
Verbs that do not have direct objects are intransitive.
What do you think about "hoped"?
English - rfvv, Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 10:22pm
Thank you....Is it a transitive verb?
English - Writeacher, Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 11:12pm
"hoped" has no direct object, so it's intransitive.