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Transitive and Intransitive Verbs. Key terms for transitive/intransitive verbs. Direct objects are words that receive the action of the verb. Some verbs have direct objects and others do not. If the verb has a direct object, it is transitive . If it does not, it is intransitive .

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key terms for transitive intransitive verbs
Key terms for transitive/intransitive verbs
  • Direct objects are words that receive the action of the verb.
  • Some verbs have direct objects and others do not.
  • If the verb has a direct object, it is transitive.
  • If it does not, it is intransitive.
does it have a direct object
Does it have a direct object?
  • To determine whether a verb has a direct object,
    • Ask: whom or what after it
  • Some verbs will be both transitive and intransitive. It depends on how the verb is used.
check out this example
Check out this example:
  • He wrote the manuscript.
    • The verb is wrote.
    • Ask yourself: He wrote (what)
    • Answer: The manuscript is the direct object.
      • Therefore wrote is a transitive verb.
another example
Another example:
  • The dog shook his tail.
    • The verb is shook.
    • Ask yourself: The dog shook (what)
    • Answer: Tail is the direct object.
      • Therefore shook is a transitive verb.
examples of intransitive verbs
Examples of intransitive verbs
  • Mrs. Carper applauded.
    • The verb is applauded.
    • Ask yourself: Applauded (whom or what?)
    • Answer: There is no word to receive the action of the verb applauded and no direct object.
      • Therefore applauded is an intransitive verb.
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The dog shook.
    • The verb is shook.
    • Ask yourself: Shook (whom or what?)
    • Answer: There is no word to receive the action of the verb shook and no direct object.
      • Therefore shook is an intransitive verb.
the wild wild world of verbs
The wild, wild world of verbs
  • Verbs are the most confusing part of speech.
  • However, every sentence must have a verb to complete the meaning of the subject.
  • Do not become overwhelmed by all the types of verbs. Write simply and clearly are my words of advice to you.