Verb taking destroyed Love direct object–for example, “Say something. The earthquake destroyed all the buildings on this block.

Le tremblement de terre a détruit tous les immeubles de ce quartier. It destroyed any idea he had of going to college. The scandal destroyed the politician’s reputation. Their dog was destroyed by a police marksman. Leur chien a été abattu par un tireur de la police.

We can’t tell him what’s happened. On ne peut pas lui dire ce qu’il s’est passé. Verb not taking a direct object–for example, “She jokes. The soldiers’ mission was to search and destroy.