Sentence Word Order-Verbs-2

Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

Verbs tell the reader or listener what action is taking place.

The order that words are put in a sentence is very important.

Incorrect word order can change the point or the meaning, or can make the sentence impossible to understand.

Different languages use different word order, and often using the word order in one’s first language can make an extremely awkward sentence in English.

English uses a subject, verb, object word order.

The subject can be a proper noun, a common noun, a pronoun or a gerund.

Often, we will have an article (a, an, the), a title (sir, Mister, Doctor, etc.) then an adjective (tall, elderly or intelligent etc.) before the noun.

Some verbs require a direct object (transitive verbs).

Others don’t require a direct object (intransitive verbs).

Some can be considered both transitive or intransitive, depending on their use.

 

Transitive 
Transitive 
Intransitive 
Intransitive 
Transitive or Intransitive 
Transitive or Intransitive 
·         annoy

·         bring

·         buy

·         contain

·         edit

·         finalize

·         get

·         lay

·         lend

·         make

·         offer

 

·         owe

·         pass

·         phone

·         play

·         promise

·         send

·         show

·         take

·         tell

·         verify

·         wash

 

·         act

·         arrive

·         come

·         continue

·         cough

·         cry

·         die

·         emigrate

·         excel

·         explode

·         fall

·         go

 

·         immigrate

·         laugh

·         lie

·         respond

·         rise

·         sit

·         smile

·         sneeze

·         stood

·         swim

·         waited

·         walk

 

·         burn

·         check

·         climb

·         cost

·         dance

·         drive

·         eat

·         give

·         go

·         grow

·         improve

·         leave

·         manage

 

·         paint

·         pay

·         read

·         run

·         set

·         sing

·         sit

·         smell

·         speak

·         stop

·         study

·         teach

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