Is "camp" a transitive verb?

There were a lot of people camped there.
Is the above sentence acceptable to native speakers?

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I would have to change this sentence to: “There were a lot of people camping there.”

Using “were” and “camped” in the same sentence won’t work.

You could alternatively change the sentence to:

  • A lot of people camped there.
  • Many people camped there.

Hope this is helpful.

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No. The verb camp is not transitive here.
Why not ‘There were a lot of people who had camped there.’?

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