Accusative verb

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An accusative verb is an ambitransitive verb whose subject acts as the agent regardless of whether it is used transitively or used intransitively.

For example, in English, "eat" is an accusative verb.

Type example
Transitive, active "I eat cake"
Intransitive "I eat"
Incorrect *The cake eats"

Because they are ambitransitive verbs, accusative verbs can be used in the passive.

An accusative verb can be contrasted with an ergative verb, which is also an ambitransitive verb but in which the subject acts as the patient when used intransitively.