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Great follow up :slight_smile: and clarification!!!


I’m very slowly working on a post about transitivity pairs in WK but I have taken a look at all the pairs in WK’s list so I can tell you a few things for certain from that list.

  1. If one of the verbs in a transitivity pair ends in す or せる, that verb is always the transitive one. (す verbs in general are almost always transitive)

  2. If one of the verbs in a transitivity pair ends with an ある sound (かる, まる, がる, etc.) that verb is always the intransitive one.

  3. If one of the verbs ends with れる, that verb is always intransitive except for 入れる which is the one exception.

  4. For the rest, one of the verbs will end with an う sound and the other will end with an える sound (む/める, つ/てる etc.). For most verbs like this the える verbs will always be transitive.

The ones you have to watch out for are く/ける, ぐ/げる, and う/える. These are the toss ups. It’s almost 50/50 which one is which.

These patterns only really work when the transitivity pair exists, there are many exceptions looking outside of pairs. Also you have to know what kind of pair you’re looking at (す pair, ある pair, or う/える pair). For example, a verb ending with just る on its own will be intransitive when paired with a す verb but transitive when paired with れる.



Nice summation :slight_smile:



The other fun classic gotcha is 預ける/預かる – they’re both transitive :slight_smile: