are verbs which are typically action verbs
, such as kick, shake, eat, wash. In addition to being action verbs, they are verbs which have a recipient
(a person or a thing) for the action. The recipient of the action is called the direct object
For example, in the sentence John kicked the ball
, the recipient of the kick is the ball
, so kick
is a transitive verb.
In the sentence Mary washed her teeth and ate her vegetables
, the teeth are the objects which are washed, and the vegetables are the objects which are eaten. Thus, washed
are both transitive verbs.
If there is no recipient of the action, the verb is intransitive
. Some verbs are transitive or intransitive, depending on the context:I ate.I ate my broccoli.
In the first sentence, ate
is not transitive, but in the second it is.See AlsoDirect ObjectsCopyright 2010 Douglas. All rights reserved. FifteenMinutesOfFiction.com has been granted non-exclusive rights to display this work. For permission to reprint this item, please contact the author.
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