Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

Transitive and Intransitive Verbs :

Some examples: Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

  1. Mrs. Booma washes the family clothes twice a week.

    The children look dirty.

    They don't wash (themselves) very often.

  2. Mrs. Ray dresses her child everyday and undresses it at night.

    We undress when we go to bed and dress when we get up.

  3. I grow vegetables in my garden.

    Vegetables grow best in rich soil.

  4. The Standard Motor works have sold many vans.

    The Standard vans are selling very well.

  5. When Susan fell down, she broke her wrist-watch.

    Wrist-watches break very easily.

  6. Samuel broke the chocolate into two and gave one half to Jim.

    The plate broke into two as Mrs. Watson was taking it from the shelf.

  7. I see that you are driving a new car. Do you like it?

    Does Alan walk to work or drive? He usually drives.

  8. Mr. Chautala can't start his car! The battery has run down.

    Mr. Chautala's car won't start. Because, the battery has run down.

  9. You may move my things if you want to use that chair.

    "Would you mind moving so that I can get past my wife”, said her husband.

  10. Take off your coat. Please take your feet off the chair.

    Alan watched the giant VC - 10 take off at the Airport.

My father gave me a new pen.
My father : subject
gave : verb
me : object - 1
a new pen : object - 2

Note : The verb GAVE is a transitive verb.

It takes two objects.
1. me (Indirect object)
2. pen (direct object)

She told me a story.

told - verb - transitive
me – object - 1
story – object – 2

Most transitive verbs take a single object.

But some other verbs take two objects after them.

Examples :


Indirect object denotes the person to whom something is given or for whom something is done.

Direct object is usually the name of something.

Most verbs can be used both transitively as well as intransitively.

Examples :

(1) The Soldiers fought the enemies. (Transitive)
Some soldiers fought very fiercely. (Intransitive)

(2) The shot sank the boat. (Transitive)
The boat sank fast. (Intransitive)

(3) Ring the bell. (Transitive)
The bell rang then. (Intransitive)

(4) The driver stopped the car. (Transitive)
The car stopped immediately. (Intransitive)

(5) The accused spoke the fact. (Transitive)
The accused spoke sincerely. (Intransitive)

(6) The donkey kicked the woman. (Transitive)
This donkey always kicks rashly. (Intransitive)

(7) I do not feel the pain. (Transitive)
How does he feel now? (Intransitive)

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