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    Transitive verb, active voice.

    Hello,
    i would like to have a clarification on transitive verb and intransitive verb. To the best of my knowledge transitive verb contains a subject and an object, whereas intransitive verb doesn't contain object. I was looking up the word "burn" on Dictionary.com., which is a very helpful and easy-to-understand dictionary for me, and I guess for a lot of people too. Please detail how to comprehend transitive verb in the following sentence, and what's the active voice of this sentence?

    the heretic was burned at the stake.
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    Re: Transitive verb, active voice.


    The heretic was burned at the stake.


    In a passive sentence, the subject of the verb is the 'sufferer' of the action - the action is performed on the subject. If the heretic was burned at the stake, then somebody burned the heretic. We clearly have a transitive verb. Indeed, if a verb is used in the passive, it must be transitive.

    The definition of 'transitive verb' that says it must have a direct object holds only for the active voice.

    In 'The heretic burned slowly' the verb is functioning intransitively. There is no object.
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    Re: Transitive verb, active voice.

    In the active voice your sentence could be "They burned the heretic at the stake".

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