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  1. Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.