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The number of subjects or objects that a verb refers to in a sentence is called its valence. A verb that has only one subject is called an intransitive verb. In these sentences, there is no receiver of the action. Examples:

Bob whispers all the time.
Jane was the prettiest girl in school.

A verb that takes a subject and an object is called a transitive verb. In these sentences, something receives the action. Sometimes the doer of the action is omitted from the sentence, but it still counts as a transitive verb. Examples:

Frank eats ice cream.
Sally kicked the ball.
The ball was kicked.

Some verbs can take a subject and two objects. These are called ditransitive verbs. Example:

Jane gives the dog a treat.

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ma-tric-u-la-tion

noun :: To admit or be admitted into a group, especially a college or university.

"If a policeman catches him in an unlawful act and proceeds to arrest him, the offender proclaims that he is a student, and perhaps shows his matriculation card, whereupon the officer asks for his address, then goes his way, and reports the matter at headquarters." --Twain, Mark

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o-bei-sance

noun :: A gesture or movement of the body, such as a curtsy, that expresses deference or homage. Obedience.

"Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he, But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door-- Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door-- Perched, and sat, and nothing more." --Poe, Edgar Allan

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Verbs are the parts of a sentence that denote action or existence. An example of an action verb is 'eat' as in, "I eat the cookie." An example of a verb that indicates existence is 'is' as in, "Bob is a boy." A sentence can also contain a verb phrase, which is several words strung together. For example in the sentence, "I will be hungry later", the verb phrase is 'will be hungry'.

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ab-jure

verb :: To renounce upon oath; to forswear; to disavow; to recant; to abandon forever; to reject; repudiate

"Once a man has lost his self-respect, and has decided to abjure his better qualities and human dignity, he falls headlong, and cannot choose but do so." --Dostoyevsky, Fyodor

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