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Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

Intransitive and Transitive Verbs

Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

Transitive and Intransitive Verbs 

Play the quick video lesson HERE and click the upper left back arrow to return to this lesson.

Common Core Language Standard 1

With verb forms the writer has two basic options: the writer can connect the verb to an object or not. That’s where transitive and intransitive verbs come into play.

Today’s grammar and usage lesson is on verbs. Remember that verbs must match their nouns. Remember that a verb can be singular or plural and must match the noun or pronoun it acts upon or modifies. Also remember that a verb shows past, present, or future action or state of being.

Now let’s read the grammar and usage lesson and study the examples.

A verb shows a physical or mental action or it links to something else as a state of being. Examples: He ran, He thinks, He will be

A transitive verbis a mental or physical action that acts upon a direct object. The direct object answers Whom? or What? from the verb. Example: Teachers give homework.

An intransitive verb acts without an object. Linking verbs are all intransitive verbs. Linking verbs include the “to be” verbs: is, am, are, was, were, be, being, been, and others such as become, seem, look, feel, smell, and appear. Examples: They know me.

Now circle or highlight what is right and revise what is wrong according to grammar and usage lesson.

Practice: It certainly appear that Matt hurt his mother’s feelings.

Let’s check the Practice Answers.

Grammar and Usage Practice Answers: It certainly appears that Matt hurt his mother’s feelings.

Now let’s apply what we have learned. 

Writing Application: Write your own sentences using a transitive and intransitive verb.


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