Podcast Episode 3 – What on Earth is an Ergative Verb?

The Clark and Miller English Podcast: Gabriel Clark smiling with arms folded on a light purple backgroundWhat on Earth is an ergative verb?

How can I recognize one?

Do I need them?

There are some verbs in English that don’t work in way you might think.

In this podcast, we’ll take a dive into the weird, but useful, world of ergative verbs in English.

These verbs are very handy if in these situations:

  1. When the subject isn’t important (but the passive sounds wrong)
  2. When things do things to themselves (like technology)
  3. When we want to avoid responsibility

Use them well and you will sound more natural in English.

And who doesn’t like avoiding responsibility! 🙂

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