What do you call this verb usage?
I’ve been noticing, as part of the evolution of the English language, that verbs are being used in ways different from what I have been used to.
Here are three examples:
Earlier: “Our children grow into adulthood”.
Now: “We grow our children into adulthood.”
Earlier: “The documents will reach you shortly.”
Now: “We’ll reach the documents to you shortly.”
Earlier: “You understand the concept.”
Now: “We understand you on the concept.” (this is from a recent email to me, and provoked this post.)
The last one seems particulary awkward (it means, “we will make you understand the concept”, I think.)
I don’t know the grammatical term for such usage of direct verbs…will someone enlighten me..the old active and passive verb forms (you enlighten me, I will be enlightened by you) don’t seem to operate any more…