Transitive Verbs

A transitive verb is an action verb that has a direct object.  A direct object receives the action of a transitive verb.

In the following sentences, the transitive verb is green and the direct object is red.

      Samuel kicked the ball.

      For her birthday, Lewis wants a telescope.

      While Vang raked the yard, his sister pulled  weeds.

      Tori loves  watching basketball, but her sister hates  it.

An action verb that does not have a direct object is an intransitive verb.  Some action verbs are never transitive and are always intransitive.  For example, the action verbs lie, go, arrive, and sit cannot have a direct object. 

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