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    What's the different between "transitive and intransitive verb"?

    Could you help me; I would really like to just have a moment of your time for my question; thanks.
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    Re: What's the different between "transitive and intransitive verb"?

    Transitive verb requires an object e.g. enjoy music, read newspaper

    Intranstive verb does not require an object e.g. swim, dance, shout.

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    Re: What's the different between "transitive and intransitive verb"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Destroyer View Post
    Could you help me; I would really like to just have a moment of your time for my question; thanks.


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    Good morning, Destroyer.

    (1) I think that many books explain that a transitive verb requires an actor who does something to the object:

    (a) I eat an apple.

    (i) I am the actor; I do something to the apple.

    (2) An intransitive verb has only an actor.

    (a) On the weekends, I don't do anything except eat.

    (i) I am the actor, but there is no object.

    (3) If you study a good dictionary, you will learn which verbs are usually transitive, intransitive, or both (such as "eat").


    (4) This is a pretty difficult matter. For example:

    (a) I eat fast. = intransitive. No object. ("fast" is only an adverb telling you how I eat.)

    (b) A cookie was eaten. = transitive because:

    (i) That is a passive sentence that means something like "I/ you/ he/she ate a cookie."

    (a) We have an actor (I/you/she/he).
    (b) We have an object (a cookie).

    Thank you for the question.

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    Re: What's the different between "transitive and intransitive verb"?

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    A tTransitive verb requires an object e.g. enjoy music, read newspaper

    An iIntransitive verb does not require an object e.g. swim, dance, shout.

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    Bear in mind that some words can be both. You can both shout and shout a command. You can both dance and dance the tango. You can both swim and swim a mile (though in the last two cases there are arguments for seeing the tango and a mile as adverbial).

    When a waiter says Enjoy, some people would say it's 'just wrong, because "enjoy" is transitive'', some people would say there's an implied object [the food], and some people would say it's fine.

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