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1. You can grow several centimeters in a short time.

2. You can grow by several centimeters in a short time.

(Are both OK? Is 'grow' a transitive verb or an intransitive verb? Is 'by' missing after 'grow' in #1?)

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    Grow is a transitive active verb.

    The first sentence is the better one.

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    2. You've grown since the last time I saw you!

    (Isn't 'grown' used as an intransitive verb here? the past participle of 'grow')

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    Yes... have grown is intransitive

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