A very important point they don’t      teach enough about!
A transitive verb has an object:  Give the book to your        neighbor.
An intransitive verb has no          object: It’s rude to laugh at people
Some verbs are always transitive:              Give              Take               Put              Buy               Say
Some verbs are always    intransitive:        Laugh        Sleep         Live         Die         Talk        Listen
Some verbs can be transitive or intransitive, depending on the            sentence:    I’m studying English (transitive). ...
**Talk English  We say “speak English,” not “talkEnglish” because talk is an intransitive verb and it doesn’t have an obje...
You can say:      The baby is learning to talk.         She’s talking too loud.       I need to talk to the boss.(A prepos...
“Speak” can be transitive or       intransitive.  I can speak Chinese (transitive).      Please don’t speak to me         ...
speak (intransitive) = talk    Speak to me = Talk to meDon’t speak so loud = Don’t talk so              loud.
However, if there is an object, youhave to use “speak” and not “talk” because can only be intransitive   and speak can be ...
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Transitve and intranstive verbs

  1. 1. A very important point they don’t teach enough about!
  2. 2. A transitive verb has an object: Give the book to your neighbor.
  3. 3. An intransitive verb has no object: It’s rude to laugh at people
  4. 4. Some verbs are always transitive: Give Take Put Buy Say
  5. 5. Some verbs are always intransitive: Laugh Sleep Live Die Talk Listen
  6. 6. Some verbs can be transitive or intransitive, depending on the sentence: I’m studying English (transitive). I don’t have time to study. (intransitive)
  7. 7. **Talk English We say “speak English,” not “talkEnglish” because talk is an intransitive verb and it doesn’t have an object.
  8. 8. You can say: The baby is learning to talk. She’s talking too loud. I need to talk to the boss.(A prepositional phrase is not an object for the verb.)
  9. 9. “Speak” can be transitive or intransitive. I can speak Chinese (transitive). Please don’t speak to me (intransitive).
  10. 10. speak (intransitive) = talk Speak to me = Talk to meDon’t speak so loud = Don’t talk so loud.
  11. 11. However, if there is an object, youhave to use “speak” and not “talk” because can only be intransitive and speak can be transitive: I’m learning to speak English. I can’t speak Chinese.

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