#4510. 原則として他動詞でありながら目的語を省略するケース[verb][syntax][semantics][reflexive_pronoun][ellipsis]


 Quirk (§10.4) より,典型的に他動詞として用いられる動詞において目的語が省略される場合の4タイプを挙げよう.

(1) A specific object is recoverable from the preceding linguistic context:

   A: Show me your essay. B: I'll show you later.
   Let's do the dishes. I'll wash and you dry.

In such instances the verb may be analysed as genuinely transitive with ellipsis of the direct object.

(2) A specific object is understood from the situational context:

   Keep off [sign on grass]
   Shake well before use.
   Don't touch.
   The tie doesn't fit.

(3) A specific reflexive object is understood when the verb allows such an object . . . .:

   I'm shaving.
   They're dressing.

Some verbs allow omission of either a reflexive or a nonreflexive object: She's washing (herself or the clothes).

(4) A nonspecific object is semantically entailed . . .:

   Are you eating again?
   Do you drink?
   He teaches.
   I don't want to catch you smoking again.
   They can't spell.
   I can't come now, because I'm cleaning.
   I don't want to read.

The range of understood nonspecific objects is restricted with some verbs when they are used intransitively. For example, Do you drink? refers to the drinking of alcoholic drinks, I'm cleaning refers to domestic cleaning and not (say) to cleaning teeth or cleaning a pipe, and to catch you smoking again normally excludes (say) smoking fish.


 ・ Quirk, Randolph, Sidney Greenbaum, Geoffrey Leech, and Jan Svartvik. A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language. London: Longman, 1985.

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