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explanation of transitive and intrasitive verbs

Kimberly Frame

on 1 May 2017

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The Transitive Verb
First, it is an action verb, expressing a doable activity

kick, want, paint, write, eat, clean
here are some examples:
Becky wants a smile from Leodine, his beautiful but serious lab partner.
Becky wants what?
Cornelius painted the canvas in Jackson Pollock fashion, dribbling bright colors from a heavily soaked brush.
Cornelius painted what?
Ethan wrote a love poem on a restaurant napkin.
Ethan wrote what?
The Intransitive Verb
An intransitive verb has two characteristics
To escape the midday sun, the cats lie in the shade
Around fresh ground pepper, George sneezes with violence.
Second, it must have a direct object, something or someone who receives the action of the verb.
First, it is an action verb, expressing a doable activity

arrive, go, lie, sneeze, sit, die

Second, unlike a transitive verb, it will not have a direct object
receiving the action.
Hint: ask
after the verb to check for a direct object
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