I am studying for the GRE right now, and one of my practice tests asserts that the sentence:
“After he graduated school, he entered the army”
should actually be written:
“After he was graduated from school, he entered the army.”
Well, I don’t buy it. I consulted Webster on the matter and he tells me that I am at least partially correct.
*"In the 19th century the transitive sense (1a) was prescribed; the intransitive <I graduated from college> was condemned. The intransitive prevailed nonetheless, and today it is the sense likely to be prescribed and the newer transitive (sense 1b) the one condemned. All three are standard. The intransitive is currently the most common, the new transitive the least common. " *
So, what do you think? Should I call up the GRE people and tell them that after 100 years, this question has outlived its usefulness?