Tuesday, April 3, 2018


A verb is the most important part of a sentence. there can be no sentence without a verb. 

A. Kinds of Verbs.
Transitive Verb

A verb that shows an action that passes over from a subject to an object is called a transitive verb. In other words, we can say that a transitive verb takes an object.
Looking at the picture above we jump into the following conclusion which I understand is enough to describe the VERB. It says 
1. What the 'Subject' is ---      He is a teacher.
2. What the 'Subject' has---    He has a big house. 
3. What the 'Subject' does --- He plays chess.

Intransitive Verbs

a verb that shows an action that does not pass over from a subject to an object, is called an intransitive verb. in short, an intransitive verb does not take an object.

For example.

The man cries
She is my mother

in order to find out whether a verb is a transitive verb or an intransitive verb, we must ask the question -what and whom. If we get at least one answer it is a transitive verb and if we do not get an answer it is an intransitive verb.  

1. He wrote a letter is transitive but 
2. The bell rang is intransitive


To find out whether the verb is transitive or intransitive, ask the question "whom" or "what" to the Verb, and if you get an object as an answer, it is transitive Verb. 

He killed a rat (what/whom)-a rat. answer.

Points to be noted;

The answer to such questions is always "objects"
The most transitive verbs take a single object.
Direct and indirect object

He gave me a book.  ( me as indirect object)
He gave me a book   ( a book as direct object)

Please read my blog on the use of USED TO and WOULD.

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