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Level: 1, : 1
So I was looking at the verb りる on this site and it says that the verb is intransitive. I'm assuming that the verb does not take the を particle but sure enough, I see an example sentence near the top that reads "~~バスをりました" or something similar to that. Is this grammatically correct or am I missing something here?
11 months ago
Years Studied: 12+ (on and off)
Studying: Kanji: JLPT N1, KK3; Grammar: JLPT N4; Vocab: JLPT N4, JFBP 3
Level: 105, : 158
Briefly skimming over a couple of resources it does seem that particle を can be used with intransitive verbs as long as those verbs indicate motion and the object is a location. I am not 100% sure on this as I am not really familiar with this usage and to what extend to applies here. sources I found this indication:
https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/... (at the bottom, right after the table with all the verbs)
http://www.guidetojapanese.org... (also at the very bottom, right before the last example sentence)

Looking through the first 10 example sentences on renshuu for りる, if を is used then on an object that I would consider to reflect a location (like or ), but I see that sentence number 11 now says ~りていました where I am not sure if this is correct now (or is in this context to be interpreted as a location)?
11 months ago
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Level: 22, : 4,073
I really had to think on this, but I think this is actually easier to think of via English.

バスをりました. I got off the bus. <--- this is using を, but the bus is clearly not an object being acted upon. It, in this sentence, is a location from which you are removing yourself, I would say.

I think it becomes a bit easier to think about when you consider its pair: ろす
バスからろした。<-- you are taking down (removing) the luggage from the bus, and the bus (with a different particle) is semantically occupying the same function, but you are acting upon the luggage.

Hope this helps!
11 months ago
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