Transitive and intransitive verbs in English

Transitive and intransitive verbs in English

Created:12 Apr 2024 12:20:05 , in  intermediate

In English, some verbs are transitive while others are not.

The key difference between transitive and intransitive verbs lies in whether or not they require a direct object to complete their meaning. A transitive verbs necessitates a direct object. In other words, it acts on or affects something or someone.

For example:

She ate an apple.

In this sentence, the verb "ate" requires an object (the apple) to make sense. The action of eating is directed towards the apple.

Common transitive verbs

Here are some common transitive verbs.

eat,drink, drive, read, write, open, close, carry, bring, take, build, break, cut, cook, paint, play, watch, use, send, receive

An intransitive verb is a verb that does not require a direct object to complete its meaning. It expresses an action or state that does not pass on to an object.

For example:

He runs.

In this sentence, the verb "runs" does not require an object to complete its meaning. It expresses an action (running) without affecting any specific object.

Common intransitive verbs

Here are some common intransitive verbs.

run, walk, jump, laugh, sleep, talk, sing, dance, swim, sit, stand, arrive, depart, die, grow, shine, exist, belong, occur, happen

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