Transitive and Intransitive Verbs | English Language: Grammar

hey everybody it's brandy with another

lesson for learn English with Solex

College today we're going to take a few

minutes and talk about the difference

between transitive verbs and

intransitive verbs now as we have

mentioned in previous lessons most

sentences in the English language

contain a subject and a verb and many of

them contain an object as well for

example I baked a pizza I is our subject

baked is our verb and pizza is our

object this verb baked is known as a

transitive verb this verb has an object

pizza whenever a verb can have an object

that follows it it is known as

transitive let's look at a couple more

examples he rode the bike our verb Road

has the object bike therefore it's

transitive we move the sofa to another

room what do we move the sofa because

this sentence has an object the verb

move is transitive

now let's look at intransitive verbs i

laughed as you notice in this sentence

we have a subject I and we have a verb

laughed but there is no object therefore

intransitive verbs are action words that

do not have an object to receive the

action let's look at a couple more

examples the book fell fell does not

have an object to receive the action he

walks to the park again walks does not

have an object to receive the action to

the park is a prepositional phrase it is

not an object therefore these verbs are

known as intransitive they do not have

an object now some verbs can be both

transitive and intransitive here's an

example for you the bird sinks in this

sentence what do you think the verb is

is it transitive or intransitive

if you guessed intransitive you are


this sentence does not contain an object

therefore the verb is intransitive let's

look at the next sentence the choir

sings the national anthem

is this verb sings transitive or

intransitive well we have the direct

object the national anthem

therefore sings in this sentence is


it has an object now you may ask

yourself why do I need to know this

who cares if a verb is transitive or


well intransitive verbs cannot be used

in the passive voice if you remember we

taught a lesson on the passive only

transitive verbs can be made into the

passive voice intransitive have to

remain in the active voice so it's good

to know the difference between

transitive and intransitive verbs I

would encourage you as you are studying

the English language and as you are

creating sentences ask yourself is this

verb transitive or intransitive you will

become a better English language learner

if you can recognize the difference I

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