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Unread Jul 15th, 2015, 01:54 am
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Is it correct to use lament as an intransitive verb?

-John laments for/about the fate of Emperor Napoleon.
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Default Re: lament

lament is a transitive verb - ie followed by an object - and does not take a preposition. So the correct form of the sentence would be

John laments the fate of the Emperor Napoleon.
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Good answer. Thank you.
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