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hashy

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I am trying to understand transitive and intransitive verbs, even though i learned them last semester, still having problems comprehending them.

私は皆を集まる。
I will gather everyone.
皆が集める。
Everyone will gather.

友達が起きる。
Friend will wake.
友達を起こす。
(I. you, someone) will wake friend.

The examples above are written by me so i want to know if i got them correct. 自動詞 and 他動詞 are very difficult to master and understand. Even though i am almost an advance student i am still having trouble with them.
 

Mike Cash

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They are correct.

Yesterday when I looked at your profile it said you are a female in Australia and had a different flag than the one it has today. Today you're a guy? Did you change your profile or am I imagining things?
 

hashy

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They are correct.

Yesterday when I looked at your profile it said you are a female in Australia and had a different flag than the one it has today. Today you're a guy? Did you change your profile or am I imagining things?
I am Australian and male. Currently not in Australia (Is the flag based on ip address?). I haven't touched my profile since well, when i created my account if i recall correctly.
 

Mike Cash

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I am Australian and male. Currently not in Australia (Is the flag based on ip address?). I haven't touched my profile since well, when i created my account if i recall correctly.
Okay, thanks. I must have confused your profile with someone else's.

Yes, the flag is based on IP.
 

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私は皆を集まる。
I will gather everyone.
皆が集める。
Everyone will gather.
These are reversed. 集まる is the intransitive one and 集める is the transitive one.
 

Mike Cash

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These are reversed. 集まる is the intransitive one and 集める is the transitive one.
Nice catch! I would have sworn they were the other way around when I saw them.
 

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Thanks for the correction. I am not familiar with those two verbs as i just learned them, so i got them mixed up. Also is there an easier way to distinguish is a verb is transitive or intransitive without dictionary look ups?
 

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Unfortunately, there's no fixed rule, but transitive verbs often end with す, as in 起きる vs 起こ. (There are many exceptions, though.)
 
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