Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

Transitive and Intransitive Verbs
A direct object is a word that comes after an action verb and answers “whom” or “what.”
Verbs that are followed by direct objects are called transitive verbs. They express action directed
towards a person, place, or thing.
Verbs that are not normally followed by direct objects are called intransitive verbs. They express action
without the action being passed to a person, place, or thing.
Directions: Write the simple subject in each sentence. Write the verb in each sentence. Write the direct
object in each sentence. If the sentence has no direct object, write “no object.” Write “vt” if the verb is
transitive, and “vi” if the verb is intransitive.
Tell the truth.
Verb: tell
Direct object: truth
Last Saturday we stayed inside.
Verb: stayed
1. Some ants fight fiercely.
2. The explosion sank the ship.
3. He spoke the truth.
4. He spoke loudly.
5. Boil the water.
6. The motorman stopped the train.
7. The horse kicked the boy.
8. The sun rises in the morning.
9. The watchman blew his whistle.
10. The poor widow killed herself.
11. He took shelter under a tree.
12. The birds sang sweetly.
13. The fire burns brightly.
14. Birds fly in the sky.
15. Time heals all wounds.
16. Let’s invite Bob and Mary.
17. You surprised me.
18. Do sit down.
19. I usually sleep well.
20. Let’s eat something.
21. She opened the windows.
22. I can’t start the car.
23. Motherhood has really changed her.
24. The thief escaped.
25. My father built a house.
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