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    Default intransitive and transitive.

    Hello all,
    How do we recognize transitive verbs and intransitive verbs separately? The basic way I know is the verbs which take objects are transitive and which don't are intransitive. But most of the verbs can stand alone and do not need objects so it seems that all verbs are likely transitive. I have written three pages of verbs and I tried to separate them into two, i.e. transitive and intransitive. Can you give me any idead on this issue?

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    Default Re: intransitive and transitive.

    Any word can stand alone in a dictionary or list, but try putting them into the context of a sentence. I am not really sure what you're trying to achieve by making this list- virtually all dictionaries will tell you whether a verb in transitive or intransitive. There are verbs with different meanings that can be both transitive and intransitive, and these too will be listed. Writing a verb on its own does not make it intransitive- try writing sentences with them.

    But most of the verbs can stand alone and do not need objects so it seems that all verbs are likely transitive.
    I think there's a typing slip in this sentence.

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    Default Re: intransitive and transitive.

    Sorry! it must have been "intransitive". What I really wanted to find using my verb list is to find verbs which have passive form and which don't have. Does anyone have any better idea to recognize those two kind of verbs easily? I mean verbs which have the passive form and which do not have.

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    Default Re: intransitive and transitive.

    It still requires context. If the verb has a direct object, it can be used in the passive.
    Last edited by 5jj; 15-Sep-2013 at 05:51.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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