What's the best way to explain the difference between transitive and intransitive verbs when you're the person doing the explaining. I know what the differences are, but try as I might every time I set pen to paper -- all I need is a paragraph or two -- I end up going to my local pub instead.
Here's what I've got in a nut shell:
transitive take a direct object:
intransitive take an indirect object/prepositional phrase
Most verbs are ambitransitive.
Some are strictly one or the other.
Am I confused?
Transitive verbs must have an object, they express an action that passes over from the subject (doer of the action) to the object (the receiver of the action).They can be monotransitive (require 1 object), ditransitive (can have 2 objects BUT also indirect e.g. George showed Alice his collection of butterflies.), complextransitive (require an object and a complement or an object and adverbial).
Intransitive verbs do not take an object or other sentence elements and they are never used in the passive e. g. My head aches (there is olny subject and verb).
Some verbs are always transitive (enjoy, meet,...), some are always intransitive (ache...) and some can be used either transitively or intransitively (break, open,...)
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