Transitive & intransitive verb.

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Myth of transitive and intransitive verb.

Specifically, it matters for those who wish to grasp the advanced level in English. Therefore, this article will reveal the secrets of the myth of transitive and intransitive verb easily for those advanced learners.

First of all, eradicate the question that is nagging somewhere in the back of your mind. In regards to the transitive or intransitive verb. We should not decide until the verb is in the sentence.

How to identify the verb transitive, or intransitive?

Look at this illustration graph:

Transitive and intransitive verb.

As shown in the illustration, the same word ‘cooks’ appears in two different sentences. But, in the first sentence “She cooks food” the verb cooks is a transitive verb. In contrast, in the second sentence ” She cooks in the kitchen” the verb cooks is an intransitive verb.

How to understand the logic of transitive and intransitive verb?

Before focusing on the topic, transitive, and intransitive verbs. Certainly, we need to know the meaning of transitive.

  • Word:- transitive.
  • Parts of speech:- noun
  • Meaning:- a verb that has or needs an object or (of a verb) having or needing an object.

In a sentence, only the verb and preposition have attributes to take an object. In other words, only prepositions and verbs take the object.

Clearly, if a verb has an object, that verb is called a transitive verb.

Transitive verb

Since in the above illustration, the verb “cooks” has an object. Hence the verb “cooks” is a transitive verb.

Intransitive verb.

Now look at the below sentence.

As in the above illustration, the verb “cooks” has not an object. In this sentence, the preposition “in” has the object “kitchen”. In other words, the object “kitchen” belongs to the preposition “in”. Hence the verb “cooks” is an intransitive verb.

Some more examples:

  • She played the piano. (Transitive)
  • She laughed at him. (Intransitive)
  • He was trying to sell his car. ( transitive. in this sentence to sell is an infinitive. to understand the infinitive click it).
  • He loves dancing. (Transitive. in this sentence the word dancing is “gerund”. to understand the gerund click it).
  • I know how to play the harmonium. (Transitive. in this sentence “how to play the harmonium” is a noun phrase).
  • He sings at night. (Intransitive)
  • He sings a song. (Transitive)

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