Transitive Verbs

Transitive Verbs :

A transitive verb exerts its action on an object. The sentence with a transitive verb inhabits will not become complete without an object of the verb.

Sarah threw.

In this sentence, Sarah did something. She threw. But the sentence remains incomplete without noting what did she throw? Only when this sentence notes down what she threw, it becomes complete.

Sarah threw a ball.

In this sentence, there is an object of the verb. Only now, the sentence becomes complete.

So, many verbs need the objects for them to present their meaning in a complete manner.

1. She eats an apple.
2. They killed a lion.
3. John wrote a letter.
4. My father completed his graduation in this college.
5. I dropped my sister at her school.
6. We bought this house last year.
7. Mary is collecting stamps.

Forms of The Object

Most Verbs of Transitive type take a single Object. The Object to a Verb may be expressed in various different forms, the chief of which are the following.

1. Noun : The man killed a snake with his stick.
2. Pronoun : The man lifted me up out of the water.
3. Infinitive : He desires to leave us tomorrow.
4. Gerund : He disliked sleeping in the daytime.
5. Phrase : No one knew how to make a beginning.
6. Clause : We do not know who has come.

Position of The Object

A Noun denoting the Object to a Verb is usually placed after the Verb to which it belongs. But when the Object is a Relative or Interrogative Pronoun, it is placed not after, but before the Verb.

Relative Pronoun and Verbs of Transitive type

The man whom I saw yesterday has come back today.

Interrogative Pronoun and Verbs of Transitive type

What did you say?
Whom were you looking for?

Double Objects and Verbs of Transitive type

Some Verbs of Transitive type take objects after them, one of which is called the Direct Object and the other the Indirect Object.

The Indirect Object always stands first.

I forgave him (Indirect) his faults (Direct).
Can you find me a competent Secretary?
He gave the door a coat of paint.
He left the hospital a large legacy.

If the Indirect is placed after the Direct, it must be preceded by the preposition FOR or TO.

He taught English (Direct) to his son (Indirect).

But we can say He asked me for the book and I gave it (Direct) him (Indirect).

The Direct and Indirect Objects in the following sentences :

Bring me that book.
We allowed him two rupees.
He taught me English.
He refused me the loan of a book.
I have asked you a question.
They gave the boy a prize.
They sent the boy a book.
They lent me ten rupees.
They fined him ten rupees.
He owed me twelve rupees.
The man told me the story.
He left them all his property.
They played him a trick.
He promised me his help.
They sold him two horses.
He did me a great kindness.


  1. The Verb
  2. Kinds of Verbs
  3. Object to The Verb
  4. Subject of The Verb
  5. Forms of The Object and Transitive Verb
  6. Position of The Object and Transitive Verb
  7. Noun as The Object of The Transitive Verb
  8. Pronoun as The Object of The Transitive Verb
  9. Infinitive as The Object of The Transitive Verb
  10. Gerund as The Object of The Transitive Verb
  11. Phrase as The Object of The Transitive Verb
  12. Clause as The Object of The Transitive Verb
  13. Relative Pronoun and Transitive Verb
  14. Interrogative Pronoun and Transitive Verb
  15. Double Objects and Transitive Verbs
  16. Direct Objects and Transitive Verbs
  17. Indirect Objects and Transitive Verbs
  18. Transitive Verbs of Incomplete Predication
  19. Complement
  20. Forms of Complement
  21. Omission of The Relative as Object
  22. Transitive Verbs used Intransitively
  23. Intransitive Verbs
  24. Intransitive Verbs of Incomplete Predication
  25. Intransitive Verbs of Complete Predication
  26. Subjective Complement
  27. Objective Complement
  28. Cognate or Kindred
  29. Cognate Noun
  30. Cognate Object
  31. Intransitive Verbs in A Causal Sense
  32. Prepositional Verbs
  33. Object to Active Verb
  34. Subject to Passive Verb
  35. Agent of The Verb
  36. Retained Object of The Verb in Active Voice
  37. The Direct Object of the Active Verb
  38. The Indirect Object of the Active Verb
  39. The Infinitive Mood of Verbs
  40. Sixteen Forms of A Verb
  41. Sixteen Forms of A Verb in Active Voice
  42. Sixteen Forms of A Verb in Passive Voice
  43. Do and Did


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