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    English grammar - Verbs

    Please go home.

    He is lying on the floor.

    He sleeps in his bed every day.

    Sir,
    Could you please clarify whether the verb in each of the above sentences is used transitively or intransitively?

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    Re: English grammar - Verbs

    What would be your answer to your own question?

    {{A transitive verb takes an object. [subject] verb [object]}}

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    Re: English grammar - Verbs

    I know that a transitive verb takes an object. Are the nouns : home, floor and bed, objects of the sentences. Please explain if you know.

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    #4

    Re: English grammar - Verbs

    No, they're not;now can you say why?

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    Re: English grammar - Verbs

    Tdol,
    Thanks.
    Let's look at this sentence: He is lying on the floor.
    Why is floor not the object of the sentence? Does it not answer the question: What is he lying on?
    Your explanation will oblige.
    Thanks again.

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    Re: English grammar - Verbs

    It does, but it does not answer the question 'What is he lying?'. If you have 'He kicked the ball', you can ask the question 'What did he kick?'. 'On the floor' tells us where (or 'on what') not what (or who, etc).
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    Re: English grammar - Verbs

    Tdol,

    Thanks for the explanation.

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