Transitive and
Intransitive Verbs
Key terms for transitive/intransitive verbs
 Direct

objects are words that receive the
action of the verb.
 Some verbs ...
Does it have a direct object?
 To

determine whether a verb has a direct
object,
 Ask:

 Some

whom or what after it

v...
Check out this example:
 He

wrote the manuscript.

 The

verb is wrote.
 Ask yourself: He wrote (what)
 Answer: The m...
Another example:
 The

dog shook his tail.

 The

verb is shook.
 Ask yourself: The dog shook (what)
 Answer: Tail is ...
Examples of intransitive verbs
 Mrs.

Carper applauded.

 The

verb is applauded.
 Ask yourself: Applauded (whom or wha...
 The

dog shook.

 The

verb is shook.
 Ask yourself: Shook (whom or what?)
 Answer: There is no word to receive the a...
The wild, wild world of verbs
 Verbs

are the most confusing part of
speech.
 However, every sentence must have a
verb t...
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Transitive and intertransitive verbs

  1. 1. Transitive and Intransitive Verbs
  2. 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. 3. Does it have a direct object?  To determine whether a verb has a direct object,  Ask:  Some whom or what after it verbs will be both transitive and intransitive. It depends on how the verb is used.
  4. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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