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    Question Transitive or intransitive ?

    Good afternoon everyone!

    I have a homework to send to my grammar professor by tomorrow!
    I've already finished it, just wanted to be sure about my answers specially the "think" verb..
    I'll be waiting for your answers guys :D


    Here's my answers...

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    1. We ate lunch around 2 p.m. yesterday.
    Transitive verb
    2. I may apply for a job at Best Buy in Victoria Mall.
    Transitive verb
    3. I am anxious to finish the research project.
    Transitive verb
    4. The ducks were swimming in the pond during our picnic.
    Intransitive verb
    5. The weather has been hot and dry all summer.
    Be verb
    6. I went to the beach on Tuesday afternoon and played volleyball.
    Intransitive verb
    7. I can finish that essay exam before I go to the movies.
    Transitive verb
    8. I should bake the cake for Momís birthday.
    Transitive verb
    9. We have been ill all weekend.
    Be verb
    10. The dogs tore open the trash bags and messed up the house.
    Transitive verb
    11. John thinks about moving to Alaska every day.
    Intransitive
    12. The truck driver honks his horn when vehicles swerve into his path.
    Transitive
    13. James is a nice person.
    Be verb
    14. The new cat could be a calico.
    Be verb
    15. We have been waiting for twenty minutes in the dentistís office.
    Intransitive verb




    thank you all!

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    Re: Transitive or intransitive ?

    I am not a teacher.
    Quote Originally Posted by Passing by View Post
    Good afternoon everyone!

    I have a homework to send to my grammar professor by tomorrow!
    I've already finished it, just wanted to be sure about my answers specially the "think" verb..
    I'll be waiting for your answers guys :D


    Here's my answers...

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    1. We ate lunch around 2 p.m. yesterday.


    Transitive verb


    2. I may apply for a job at Best Buy in Victoria Mall.


    Transitive verb

    Intransitive. You are not applying anything.



    3. I am anxious to finish the research project.


    Transitive verb

    Neither. "To finish" is an infinitive.



    4. The ducks were swimming in the pond during our picnic.


    Intransitive verb


    5. The weather has been hot and dry all summer.


    Be verb

    "To be" is not always transitive, but it is here.



    6. I went to the beach on Tuesday afternoon and played volleyball.


    Intransitive verb


    7. I can finish that essay exam before I go to the movies.


    Transitive verb


    8. I should bake the cake for Momís birthday.


    Transitive verb


    9. We have been ill all weekend.


    Be verb


    10. The dogs tore open the trash bags and messed up the house.


    Transitive verb

    "Tore" is the verb; "open" is an adverb.



    11. John thinks about moving to Alaska every day.


    Intransitive


    12. The truck driver honks his horn when vehicles swerve into his path.


    Transitive


    13. James is a nice person.


    Be verb


    14. The new cat could be a calico.


    Be verb


    15. We have been waiting for twenty minutes in the dentistís office.


    Intransitive verb





    thank you all!

    And y'all are welcome.

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    Re: Transitive or intransitive ?

    Thank you...

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    Re: Transitive or intransitive ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bamako10 View Post
    "open" is an adjective, IMO, with a resultative meaning.

    The dogs caused the trash bags to be open.
    Bags are open.

    ? The dogs tore open the trash bags. Tore how? Open. No.
    "open" does not describe the action, but the bags' resulting state.
    I am not a teacher.

    OK, but if they tore them apart, "apart" is an adverb, even though the resulting state of the bags is that they are apart. This one won't hold still for me. If anyone wants to call "open" an adjective here, I'm fine with that. I think the parts of speech are an imperfect system, anyway.

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    Re: Transitive or intransitive ?

    Passing by!

    Now that you have the correct answers I recommend that you give it to your teacher the way it was before, so that your teacher has an opportunity to evaluate you and detect your weak points and make plans to improve them.

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    Re: Transitive or intransitive ?

    I think that "finish" is a transitive verb in this case, and " the research project" its direct object.

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    Re: Transitive or intransitive ?

    Quote Originally Posted by mara_ce View Post
    I think that "finish" is a transitive verb in this case, and " the research project" its direct object.
    I am not a teacher.

    OK, what is "to"?

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    Re: Transitive or intransitive ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Coolfootluke View Post
    I am not a teacher.

    OK, what is "to"?
    Hi Coolfootluke,

    I donīt remember the name of "to". I think it is a particle. Iīll check it later.

    Infinitive: to + finish.
    Bare infinitive: finish

    Iīd like to finish my homework before lunch.

    My mother made me finish my homework before lunch.

    Transitive verbs can be followed by direct and indirect objects.

    In the above sentences, "finish" is a transitive verb followed by its direct object : "my homework".
    What precedes the verb doesnīt count, in my opinion.

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    Re: Transitive or intransitive ?

    Quote Originally Posted by mara_ce View Post
    Infinitive: to + finish.
    Bare infinitive: finish
    I prefer:
    to-infinitive: to finish
    bare infinitive: finish

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    Re: Transitive or intransitive ?

    Khosro

    Ooops!
    I've already sent the e-mail! .. Should I feel guilty ?

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    BTW .. we haven't studied the rest of the core verbs yet!
    that's why we're only dividing verbs into "transitive & intransitive" only


    And thanks all

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