In English grammar, parts of speech precisely, we can hear sometimes people discussing about transitive or intransitive verbs! But, what are they? What can we call a transitive verb or an intransitive one (N’allez pas croire qu’il s’agit de verbes de transition hein!!😁).
Let’s consider these sentences:
i) Kodjo runs. ii) The bird is flying. iii) A baby cried.
What is your remark in terms of sentence structure?
Well, these sentences do not contain any object at all. That means the verb does not require any object to have a complete and full sense! Such verbs are called intransitive verbs.
Intransitive verbs are verbs that do not require an object to have a complete sense. The action, they (verbs) express stops with the subject. In other terms, they do not have any direct impact on the object.
Eg: Kofi is running.
: Peter smiled.
: He is clapping.
. Transitive verbs
As you can already imagine, and following their name, transitive verbs are opposed to intransitive ones.
It means these verbs, need an object to have their meaning full. The sense of the verb is conditioned by or depends on the object.
In a sentence, actions expressed by a transitive verb pass on from the subject to the object!
Eg: Kodjo ate rice.
Romeo is watching TV series.
Ps: To know whether a verb is transitive or intransitive, just ask the question “what” or “whom” after the verb. If your question leads you to an object then the verb is transitive otherwise it is intransitive.
Though, some verbs can be both transitive and intransitive
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