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Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

An introduction to the difference between transitive and intransitive verbs

Boo collins

on 26 September 2012

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Transcript of Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

Subject + Verb + Object What makes a Verb Transitive? Such as: 'The frog jumped into the pond' Subject Verb Object Transitive Verbs and Intransitive Verbs What makes a Verb Intransitive? Subject + Verb Such as: 'The canary sings sweetly' Subject Verb The transitive verb requires an object to complete the meaning of the sentence. if we do not add an object to the following sentence:

'The frog jumped'..

We would be left wondering what object the frog actually did jump into, after all he has to jump somewhere...! The Intransitive verb does not need an object to complete the meaning of the sentence.

Therefore the following sentence makes sense without the need for an object.

'The canary sings sweetly'

Work in pairs or groups of three to see if you can identify which of the following sentences are transitive verbs and which are intransitive verbs. You have five minutes to complete this task.

The cat purrs
She bought a bunch of bananas
I was bitten by a vampire
The man caught a fish

Some verbs can be both transitive and intransitive depending on the way in which we use them in a sentence. Confused?!

The verbs grow can be used in both ways such as:

'He grows his own fruit and vegetables' Transitive
'My beanstalk is growing'

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