*intransitive (phrasal) verbs:
- [transitive] [separable] - to solve, as in a problem, complication, challenge, etc.
- [transitive] [separable] - to place something in its intended storage space
What do people figure out? What do people put away?
e.g. homework (as an object) e.g. toys
I can't figure out this homework. Can you help me?
(People must ‘figure out’ something - in this example, it is the ‘homework’ – an object is needed to ‘figure out’)
Please put away your toys and go to bed.
(People must ‘put away’ something – if they don’t have anything, then there is nothing to ‘put away’ – an object is needed)
- [intransitive] - to end a romantic relationship
After dating for five years, they broke up.
(no object is required – they ‘break up’ is the action taken by the subject, ‘they’, but it is not ‘done’ to any object)
- [intransitive] - to survive a life-threatening illness or injury
Your father was in a bad car accident, but he is going to pull through.
(no object is required – the subject, ‘your father’ simply does the verb – ‘He pulls through’).
- [intransitive] - to be able to help someone when they need it
Can you help me? I really need you to pull through for me.
(There is no indirect object here - ‘me’ is the indirect object - ‘pull through’ is not done to the indirect object…it is done ‘for’ the indirect object. ‘For’ = intention, reason)