TRANSITIVE VS INTRANSITIVE VERBS

 

TRANSITIVE VERB vs INTRANSITIVE VERB

TRANSITIVE VERB

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A TRANSITIVE VERB must have a DIRECT OBJECT to complete the action of the verb.

EASY!  Mick throws  . . . (WHAT or who?) Can’t tell? No, so Throws is a Transitive Verb!  

If the verb does not make sense alone, it is a Transitive Verb and must have a Direct Object to make sense and complete the action of the verb.

Common TRANSITIVE VERBS: BRING, MAKE, GIVE, GET, SHOW, TAKE, TELL.

You bring (WHAT?) the ball.   Give me (WHAT?) the keys. I’ll make (WHAT?) lunch.

The TRANSITIVE VERB cannot stand alone and make sense.
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INTRANSITIVE VERBS

IntransitiveverbEASY! An Intransitive Verb can stand alone!  Buffy RUNs. GO! HELP!

If the verb can stand alone and make sense it is INTRANSITIVE.    It can also stand alone and have an understood subject -YOU!

Buffy wins! She practices. We race.  (You) Run! (You) Go!   No direct object is needed to complete the meaning of these verbs.

The INTRANSITIVE VERB can stand alone and does not need a Direct Object.