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Transitive and Intransitive Verbs


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


I save my files every fifteen minutes. (“Save” is a transitive verb because it needs an object.)

I read every day. (“Read” is an intransitive verb because it doesn't need an object.)


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.