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ACTION VERBS. TRANSITIVE OR INTRANSITIVE ?????. ACTION VERBS. Verbs of being (linking verbs) are important but they are sooooooooo boring:< With action verbs, something actually happens!!

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action verbs



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  • Verbs of being (linking verbs) are important but they are sooooooooo boring:<
  • With action verbs, something actually happens!!
  • Some action verbs may not seem very energetic (think, sit, stay, sleep, dream, etc.) BUT if the verb is not a giant equal sign (linking verb) then it is an action verb.
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  • Drusilla slapped the armadillo on the snout. (SLAPPED is an action verb)
  • Remember that sometimes action verbs are paired with helping verbs.
  • Wynfred will steal third base as soon as the pitcher releases the ball. (WILL STEAL is an action verb.)
  • According to the teacher, Reggie has shot at least 16 spitballs in the last 10 minutes. (HAS SHOT is an action verb.)
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  • When an action verb appears with a direct object (a person or thing that receives the action) it is called a transitive verb.
  • When an action verbdoes not have an object it is called an intransitive verb.
action verbs transitive and intransitive
ACTION VERBS-transitive and intransitive
  • TO FIND THE DIRECT OBJECT (which makes the action verb transitive!)- ask:
  • Verb WHO? or verb WHAT?
  • The word that answers the WHO? or WHAT? (receives the action of the verb) will be the direct object of the action verb.
  • Remember - if there is no direct object, the verb is intransitive.
action verbs finding the direct object
ACTION VERBS - finding the direct object
  • Find the action verb and the direct object in this sentence.
  • You broke the window!
  • Broke is the action verb that tells what happened.
  • The action came from the subject (you).
  • Window is the direct object of the verb because it receives the action (answers broke WHAT?)
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ACTION VERBS - finding the direct object
  • Direct objects are part of the sentence pattern: subject(S) - action verb(AV) - direct object(DO)
  • The defective X-ray machinetook strange pictures of the giant frog.
  • Griseldakissed the giant frog.
  • Leroy’s laser printerspurtedink all over his favorite shirt.
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ACTION VERBS - finding the direct object
  • Some sentences will have more than one direct object.
  • Aliceautographedposters and books for fans.
  • Herbertwill buy a dozen doughnuts and a few slabs of cheesecake for breakfast.
  • Larryboughtorange juice, tuna, aspirin, and a coffee table.
Some sentences have no direct object (which makes the verb intransitive!)
  • Throughout the long test, Fredsighed sadly.
  • Hetravels around the country with his family.
a quick review
  • To find the subject of the sentence ask the question: WHO verb? WHAT verb?
  • To find the direct object of the sentence ask the question: verb WHO? verb WHAT?

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practice transitive and intransitive verbs
PRACTICE - transitive and intransitive verbs
  • a. Write the simple subject.
  • b. Write the verb or verb phrase.
  • c. Write the direct object if there is one.
  • d. Write whether the verb is transitiveor intransitive.
1. Modern banks use the latest technology for surveillance of their offices.
  • 2. Hidden cameras can videotape robbers without their knowledge.
  • 3. Silent alarms notify police of a robbery attempt immediately
  • 4. Armed guards sometimes stand at the doors to the bank.
  • 5. Convicted criminals pay for their crimes with years behind bars.
1. Banksusetechnology - T
  • 2.Camerascan videotaperobbers - T
  • 3. Alarmsnotifypolice- T
  • 4. Guardsstand - I
  • 5.Criminalspay - I