According to jisho.org, 触る is both transitive and intransitive.

How is it that it can be both? Here are two example sentences from my dictionary:


What is the difference in nuance between these two sentences?

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  • I believe the accepted answer there is incorrect. See the comment there by @chocolate for a couple examples of how these usages can differ. Unfortunately, that comment does not answer why they differ.
    – vaer-k
    Commented Dec 8, 2020 at 17:31
  • Ahhh, I didn't notice that you posted two links there in your comment. The second one does indeed answer my question. Thank you!
    – vaer-k
    Commented Dec 8, 2020 at 17:36
  • There may be a rule I'm not consciously aware of. For now, I can say に触る and を触る are interchangeable at least in your example sentences.
    – naruto
    Commented Dec 8, 2020 at 17:36


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