Adjectives and Adverbs with Transitive and Intransitive Verbs. Mini-Lesson #4 From the UWF Writing Lab’s 101 Grammar Mini-lessons Series. Transitive Verb. A transitive verb names an action that directly affects the person or thing mentioned in the predicate.
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UWF Writing Lab’s
101 Grammar Mini-lessons Series
A transitive verb names an action that directly affects the person or thing mentioned in the predicate.
A transitive verb requires an object to complete its meaning in the sentence.
He struck the gong.
Water erodes even granite.
Did you mail the letters?
We elected Sloan.
An intransitive verb names an action that has no direct impact on anyone or anything named in the predicate.
A intransitive verb requires no object.
Wilson smiled at the comedian’s best efforts, but he did not laugh.
The response was quick.
She feels bad.
We are poor.
The forms of be: is, am, are, was, were, been, being
The sense verbs: feel (as an emotion), look, smell, taste, sound, Other verbs with linking use: appear, become, remain, stay, grow, seem
We need to act quickly.
We sang badly.
We speak poorly.
I feel bad (NOT badly) about the delay.
It does not hurt so badly (NOT bad) now.
You lookgood in blue. You wear it well.
He gets along well with his co-workers.
I am not well today.
The admiral has real charm, so he is really charismatic.
He writes really (NOT real) well.
Are you sure (certain)?
Yes, I’m sure (certain) about the date.
You surely (certainly) do look good.
This Bundu mask surely (certainly) is expensive.
Please ask Kevin to return my call.
a.I sure will.
b.I surely will.