打つ is transitive, but the synonyms don't match the typical pattern

Why are the ‘something’ answers that are typically accepted with transitive verbs not present here? Should they be?

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I’ll query this with our content team and let you know what they say.

Update: Just got a response from the content team, this was simply an oversight, there were no specific intentions for not having added them. We made a few changes then and added “to hit something” as the primary meaning, added “to pound something” as an alternative meaning, moved “to hit” and “to pound” to the allow list, and added “to type something” and “to strike something” to the allow list, and updated the meaning explanation.

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I’ve noticed a pattern. The verbs in which you are doing something to something rather than yourself or to yourself, all typically have the え sound in the middle of the verb. 付ける 広げる 下げる to attach something, to spread something out/unfold something, to hang something. As opposed to 広がる 下がる to stretch (or spread out yourself), to hang (ie, you yourself are hanging from something, you’re not hanging another object). In this case, 打つ does not have the え sound… So… perhaps that makes it a different class of verb?

In either case, it’s been nearly 2 weeks and you haven’t heard back from @TofuguNico yet… I wonder if they have a reason. You might get a better answer in the Grammar section of the forum, @Ticklebelly… from someone much farther along with their Grammar than I.

That could have been helpful info… *shrugs* Oh well.

I realized you already knew what I had replied. Which was:

It is not just the “え sound” pattern but rather an “え/あ alternance pair” pattern.

Indeed it is うつ and not a *うてる/*うたる pair, so it is not the same transitivity pattern.

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Right, I’m familiar with a good number of the transitivity pairings/rules. A little shakier on where 打つ fits in the grand scheme…but at the end of the day, transitive is transitive, is it not? It is either a self action or other action verb. It’s listed as transitive. I could be wrong, but I’m unaware of a way for a verb to be transitive but not accept a subject.

I realize it’s a small nitpick, but a chance to improve the product is a chance to improve the product. I like to force the something onto the transitive verbs to make sure I am remembering the correct form/definition pairs, quickly off the cuff. And if I ran into this confusion, other people likely do as well.

Every verb is either transitive or intransitive by definition (although there are some that can be used in both ways), but not every verb comes as part of a transitivity pair.

“To hit something” is definitely not wrong, just a bit verbose when there is no risk of confusing it with some supposed intransitive version of “hit”.

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