If I want to use the verb revertere/reverti transitively (with an object different from the subject), should I choose active or passive forms? Intuition suggests that active forms are preferred for transitive use, but if the verb is deponent, this does not necessarily apply. The examples in L&S for reverti seem all intransitive and the entry for revertere doesn't help much. Or is the answer that this verb is intransitive and I cannot say hanc rem reverto at all?

It seems that the key questions are:

  1. Can the verb be used transitively?
  2. Is it deponent?

This question arose from an answer to a question regarding the verb "undelete". I would like to describe turning something back into an earlier state. If you have ideas for expressing that, please answer the linked question.

  • Castiglioni-Mariotti: "In gener. le forme attive si trovano al perf. e tempi derivati; le dep. al pres., imperf., fut."
    – Alex B.
    Feb 22 '18 at 5:36
  • @AlexB. Quella sarebbe una buona risposta. Vuoi scriverla?
    – Joonas Ilmavirta
    Feb 22 '18 at 10:52

The OLD says the following:

"usu. dep. in pres. system, active in pf. system. Dep. pf. mostly post-Augustan."

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    Thanks! I addition, the entry seems to say "intr[ansitive]". That with the description of deponency makes a very complete answer.
    – Joonas Ilmavirta
    Feb 24 '18 at 10:19

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