Transitive and intransitive

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Transitive and intransitive

  1. 1. Transitive and Intransitive Verbs By Claudia M. Cañas
  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: whom or what after it Some 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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