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  1. Newbie
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    Can someone tell me what a transitive/intransitive verb is?

    thank you for your answer.

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    Re: verbs

    A transitive verb requires an object, normally a direct object.

    I saw John yesterday. (John= direct object)
    I need a pen.
    She broke a glass.

    It can require two objects: indirect and direct objects. e.g.: verbs of giving and communication.

    Give me the book. (me= indirect object; the book= direct object)
    He sold the car to his neighbour.
    I advised him to study hard.
    Tell me the truth.

    An intransitive verb does not require an object.

    Fish swim.
    He is sleeping.
    Alex sneezed.

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    Re: verbs

    Nicely done, mara_ce
    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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