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    Transitive and Intransitive verbs

    1.Philip resented giving his room to his brother.

    2.The writer gestured to the crowd with his pen.

    I have seen these sentences in a website and thought that the first sentence verb is a intransitive verb and second is transitive verb. When I saw the answer the first was transitive verb and second intransitive verb. I am little bit confused with these. Need help in understanding this.

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    Re: Transitive and Intransitive verbs

    What do you think "transitive" means?

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    Re: Transitive and Intransitive verbs

    Transitive verbs expresses an action and are followed by a direct object. In second sentence, crowd is object so I feel it should be a transitive verb.

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    Re: Transitive and Intransitive verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by Elitez View Post
    1.Philip resented giving his room to his brother.

    2.The writer gestured to the crowd with his pen.

    I have seen these sentences in a website and thought that the first sentence verb is a intransitive verb and second is transitive verb. When I saw the answer the first was transitive verb and second intransitive verb. I am little bit confused with these. Need help in understanding this.
    I'm not a teacher.

    You can easily identify the transitive verb by changing the structure of the sentence from the declarative one into the passive. It is only possible to do with the first sentence: "Giving his room to his brother was resented by Philip." You cannot do that with the second sentence.

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    Re: Transitive and Intransitive verbs

    Mike, Elitez *IS* the original poster.

    A transitive verb does take a direct object.
    Resent is transitive. What did he resent? He resented giving his room to his brother.

    Gesture is not transitive - gesturing "at" the crowd does not make the crowd a direct object.
    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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    Re: Transitive and Intransitive verbs

    Oops!

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    Re: Transitive and Intransitive verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by Elitez View Post
    Transitive verbs expresses an action and are followed by a direct object. In second sentence, crowd is object so I feel it should be a transitive verb.
    I'm not a teacher.

    In the second sentence the propositional phrase "to the crowd with his pen" is an adverbial, not the direct object. You can use the verb "gesture" in a transitive way like that: "She gestured me over with her hand." In such a sentence there is the direct object, i.e. "me", so you can change the sentence into the passive one: "I was gestured over by her."

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    Re: Transitive and Intransitive verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Gesture is not transitive - gesturing "at" the crowd does not make the crowd a direct object.
    I think 'the crowd' can be the direct object of the preposition 'at', but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Transitive and Intransitive verbs

    Prepositions have objects, but "direct" objects are reserved for verbs. It's terminology.

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    Re: Transitive and Intransitive verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by Elitez View Post
    In second sentence, crowd is object so I feel it should be a transitive verb.
    'Crowd' is the object of 'at' but not the direct object of 'gestured', which is an intransitive verb.

    I think it makes sense to say so, but I am not a teacher.

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