Transitive and Intransitive Verbs for intermediate learners
'She smiled beautifully'. 'She started a rumor'. One of these sentences has an intransitive verb and one has a transitive one. Want to know the difference?
What Are Transitive and Intransitive Verbs?
Based on whether or not the verbs need objects, they can be divided into two groups:
- Transitive verbs
- Intransitive verbs
Transitive verbs only have a complete meaning if they have an object, whereas intransitive verbs can make sense without one.
Direct and Indirect Objects
A transitive verb takes a direct object; that is, the noun that receives the action. It can also have an indirect object that comes before the direct object. The indirect object tells 'to' or 'for' whom the action is done.
Examples of Common Transitive Verbs
Here is the list of common transitive verbs in English:
Examples of Common Intransitive Verbs
Here is the list of common intransitive verbs in English:
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