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WWWJDIC lists 差す as an intransitive verb, but in all of the example sentences I've seen it looks more like a transitive verb.

So my question is, is 差す a transitive or intransitive verb?

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It's both. My copy of Kōjien has entries for both the transitive and intransitive uses of this verb.


  • 夕日が部屋に差し込む。 (ゆうひがへやにさしこむ。)
  • 潮が差す。 (しおがさす。)


  • 傘を差す。 (かさをさす。)
  • 会話に水を差す。 (かいわにみずをさす。)
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btw what does this means: 会話に水を差す –  Pacerier Jun 13 '11 at 18:25
@Pacerier: 水を差す is an idiom roughly equivalent to the English phrase "be a wet blanket". ALC has several other translations for it. –  Derek Schaab Jun 13 '11 at 18:37
ok cool thx for the help –  Pacerier Jun 13 '11 at 19:33

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