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Technical stuff — part 12: intransitive and transitive verbs

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This sounds horrible but isn’t really.

Intransitive verbs are simply verbs that can stand alone in a sentence. For example:

  • The man blushed.
  • I live.
  • The kitten sleeps.

Transitive verbs are verbs that need to be completed with the help of an object to ensure the sentence makes sense. For example:

  • He missed (verb) the bus (object).
  • She takes (verb) the leftovers (object)
  • They eat (verb) the fish (object).

Most transitive verbs can also be used without an object.

Find out more about nouns, verbs and adjectives

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Written by Wordwatch

05/04/2010 at 2:06 pm

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