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adjective linguistics     ergative pronunciation in British English
  1. an ergative verb, such as ’close’, ’change’, ‘cook’, ‘worry’, and ‘calm down’, is both transitive and intransitive. When it is transitive, its object can be the same as its subject when it is intransitive. For example in the sentence ‘Jack thought the money would change his life’, the verbchange’ is transitive, and in the sentence ‘When he was eleven, his whole life changed’, the verbchange’ is intransitive and there is no mention of anything that has caused ‘his life’ to change. The definition of an ergative verb in this dictionary often takes a special form, for example ‘if you close something or it closes, it moves to cover an open area’.

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     ergative pronunciation in British English
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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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