the city rots it

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Ecuadorian Spanish - Canadian English
Hello everybody,

I would like to know if the verb 'to rot' is a transitive verb. In the following context, can I use this verb like this?

"My soul is like the sea, that´s what,
Ah, the city rots and wrongs it".

The question is can one thing rot another, or does the process of rotting happen all by itself? Can I say "mold rots bread" or should I say "the bread is rotten because of bacteria"? A friend of mine insists that I cannot use 'rot' in the first way... Thank you.
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