Transitive Verb

Transitive Verb

A transitive verb is a verb that requires an object to complete its meaning. The object receives the action expressed by the verb. Here’s an example:

  • Sentence: The chef cooked (verb) dinner (object).

In this sentence, “cooked” is the transitive verb and “dinner” is the object that receives the action of cooking. Without the object “dinner,” the sentence wouldn’t make complete sense.

Here are some key points about transitive verbs:

  • They transfer action: Unlike intransitive verbs, which express actions without needing an object, transitive verbs involve an action being done “to” something.
  • They have direct objects: The most common type of object with a transitive verb is the direct object, which answers the question “what” or “whom” after the verb.
  • They can have indirect objects: Some transitive verbs can also have an indirect object, which tells who receives the direct object (e.g., “She gave him (indirect object) a book (direct object).”)

Here are some more examples of transitive verbs:

  • Read (a book)
  • Write (a letter)
  • Build (a house)
  • Eat (an apple)
  • Kick (the ball)
  • Paint (a picture)
  • Ask (a question)
  • Show (someone something)

Remember that many verbs can be both transitive and intransitive, depending on the on text. For example:

  • Transitive: The dog chased the cat (the cat is the object being chased).
  • Intransitive: The dog chased through the park (no object receiving the action).
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