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GRAMMAR & STRUCTURE
Transitive & Intransitive Verbs

 
 

Definition

A transitive verb is a verb that has an object. An intransitive verb is a verb that does not have an object.

Example

I

drink

coffee

every day.

(Drink is a transitive verb because it needs an object.)

 

verb

object

 


I

run

every day.

(Run is an intransitive verb because it does not need an object.)

 

verb

 

Explanation

Transitive verbs --

  • need an object after them.
  • can take direct or indirect objects.

Intransitive verbs --

  • do not need an object.
  • can be followed by a complement, usually an adjective or adverb.
    For example, The food smells good. Subject + Verb + Complement

Related Sections

Direct & Indirect Objects
List of Common Transitive Verbs
Simple Sentences