Skip over navigation
   
 

GRAMMAR & STRUCTURE
List of Common Transitive Verbs

 
 

Definition

Transitive verbs are verbs that must be followed by an object.

Example

bring

Please bring me a glass of water.

buy

Do not buy hamburgers at that restaurant.

cost

My coat cost a lot of money.

get

My children get good grades in school.

give

Our family gives gifts at Christmas.

leave

I leave home at 8:00 in the morning.

lend

Could you please lend me five dollars?

make

Did you make coffee this morning?

offer

My boss offered me a great new job.

owe

I owe you ten dollars.

pass

All the students passed the test.

pay

Don't forget to pay the phone bill.

play

Jennifer loves playing the piano.

promise

She promised me she would come to the party.

read

They read the newspaper every day.

refuse

The customs officers refused to let me enter the country.

send

My girlfriend sends me an e-mail message every day.

show

My neighbour showed me her garden yesterday.

sing

Muriel sings songs at karaoke every Sunday night.

take

Travellers take planes or trains to their destinations.

teach

Our parents teach us to be kind.

tell

The author tells a good story.

write

Tommy writes short stories about the South.