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Transitive and Intransitive Action Verbs

There are two types of action verbs: transitive and intransitive.
What are transitive verbs?
Transitive verbs are action verbs that have an object to receive that action. 

Examples of Transitive action verbs:

  • The man cleaned the windows yesterday.
  • I took my baby to the clinic.
  • We hunt rabbits
  • They baked some cookies.
  • She rode the bicycle.
  • He moved the chair.
  • My mother stitched my shorts.

Intransitive Verbs

What are intransitive verbs?

Intransitive verbs are action verbs but unlike transitive verbs, they do not have an object receiving the action.

Examples of intransitive action verbs:
  • The girl cried quietly.
  • The rain fell heavily.
  • Jack protested in the street.
  • I laughed.
  • I cried.
  • The book fell.
  • The horse jumped.
  • The sun set.
In all of the above cases the subject is performing the action of the verb and nothing is receiving the action.

Context dependent

Many verbs can be either transitive or intransitive, depending on context.
  • After we eat at my house, we can go outside.(intransitive)
  • After we eat sandwiches, we can go outside. (transitive)
  • The truck runs on diesel gasoline.(intransitive)
  • My uncle runs a restaurant. (transitive)
  • I'm reading.(intransitive)
  • I'm reading a book about cars. (transitive)
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