Chapter 2-2-2: Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

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Verbs that take objects are known as transitive verbs. Verbs not followed by objects are called intransitive verbs.

Transitive verbs require an object:

    • Jack opened the door.

Intransitive verbs don't take an object:

    • Jack slept.

Some verbs can be either transitive verbs or intransitive verbs, depending on the context:

Direct Object

    • Jack visited us.

    • I hope the Senators win the next game.

No Direct Object

    • Jack visited.

    • Did we win?

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