October 06, 2005

treat me transitively

the other day i was looking for a verb that would take an adverbial phrase as its complement. they are rare, but one that qualifies might be to treat (you treat somebody somehow/in a certain manner - it would be odd to use the verb without the adverbial or prepositional phrase). later, when i walked the dog, it occured to me that treat is of course also a transitive verb. i mean, doesn't this dog clearly say "i'm sitting. now treat me!"?

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