Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

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Transitive and Intransitive Verbs
Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

CHAPTER 11.  TRANSITIVE AND INTRANSITIVE VERBS

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1. Direct objects

Most of the verbs examined so far have been in the Active Voice. When a verb is in the Active Voice, the subject of the verb refers to the person or thing performing the action described by the verb; and the object of the verb refers to the person or thing receiving the action described by the verb.

In the following examples, the objects of the verbs are printed in bold type.
e.g. He read the book.
I did not see the balloon.
They ate the potatoes quickly.
She rode her bicycle along the sidewalk.
Do we understand it?

In these sentences, the verbs readdid seeaterode and do understand are in the Active Voice; and the words bookballoonpotatoesbicycle and it are the objects of the verbs. These objects are said to be direct objects, because they refer to things which receive directly the actions described by the verbs.

See Exercise 1.

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