THE VERB : Transitive and Intransitive


A Verb are the action words in a sentence that describes what subject is doing . 

A Verb may tell us :

  •  What a person or thing does ; as,
             Hari laughs.
             The clock strikes.

  • What is done to a person or thing ; as,
             Hari is shocked.
             The window is broken.
  • What a person or thing is ; as,
             The cat is dead.
             Glass is brittle.

      Examples : 

  • The girls were singing.
  • I have learnt my lessons.
  • He is running.


* Transitive Verbs : 

A Transitive Verb is one that makes a complete sense if it exerts its action on an object.

Example : 

  • The girls carry water to their village.
  • She loves rainbow.

* Intransitive Verbs : 

An Intransitive Verb is one that doesn't make a complete sense.

Example : 

  • They jumped.
  • The dog ran.

How To Identify a Transitive Verb ?

Transitive Verb are not just verbs that can take an object ; they demand objects. Without an object to affect , the sentence that a transitive inhabits will not seem complete.

Example : 
  • Please bring coffee.
In this sentence , the verb 'bring' is transitive  ; its object is coffee, the thing that is being brought .
Without an object , a verb cannot function.

  • Sia threw the ball.
  • Liya conveyed the message.

How To Identify an Intransitive Verb ? 

An Intransitive Verb is the opposite of the Transitive Verb , It doesn't require an object to act upon. 

Example :  
  • They jumped. 
  • The dog ran.
  • She sang.
  • A light was shining.
None of these sentences require an object for the sentence to make a complete sense. 

If you are read about verb and its kinds , then do this Quiz 4 and boost your skills in Verb.


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