Posted by Henry on June 08, 2003
In Reply to: Accept and college party posted by TheFallen on June 08, 2003
: : Hi folks,
: : 1."We are much more accepting of people with disabilities nowdays..."
: : ("Accept" is a transitive verb, then why add "of" here? or it is a fixed pattern?)
: : 2.The professor took a college party to the mountians to search
: : (what is a "college party")
: : 3.And do you know where I can find the meanings of sets of synonyms? like bureau, administration, and department?
: : thanks in advance!
: Accept is as you rightly say a transitive verb... BUT it's also an intransitive one. This from the American Heritage Dictionary On-Line:
: INTRANSITIVE VERB: To receive something, especially with favor. Often used with of.
: As for a college party, that's a party (or group) of students from a college... and they'd be searching FOR unusual plants.
: As for synonyms, I can heartily recommend www.bartleby.com as one of my favourite on-line resources. It has searchable dictionaries, quotations, encyclopaedias and thesauri, the latter being ideal for your synonyms questions.
Phrase 1 requires the word 'of'.
The following construction uses 'accept' as a transitive verb;
We accept people with disabilities more readily nowadays.