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adjective linguistics ergative pronunciation in British English /ˈɜː(r)ɡətɪv/
  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.

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 ergative pronunciation in British English noun [countable]
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to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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