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Category:English ergative verbs

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An ergative verb in English is an intransitive verb with a passive meaning, such as "The glacier formed more than a thousand years ago" as opposed to "The glacier was formed more than a thousand years ago" (in the passive voice) or "Various factors formed the glacier more than a thousand years ago" (in the active voice).

Some verbs have both ergative and non-ergative senses. For example, in the sentence "She reads the sentence," "reads" is an active, transitive verb. In the sentence "She reads," "reads" is an active, intransitive verb. "Read" would be used as an ergative verb in the sentence “The sentence would read better with this correction.”

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