Transitive & Intransitive Verbs List & Flashcards

Transitive & Intransitive Verbs List & Flashcards
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Identify if the verb is transitive or intransitive in the sentence below.

Shelby swims at the pool every morning.

Intransitive. Shelby 'swims', but there is no object affected by that verb.
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Identify if the verb is transitive or intransitive in the sentence below.

I eat in the park.

Intransitive.

The subject 'I' eats, but there is no object being eaten. In the park is a prepositional phrase.

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Identify if the verb is transitive or intransitive in the sentence below.

I eat pizza all day and all night.

Transitive - pizza is the object, and the subject ('I') eats it.
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Prepositional Phrase
A group of words that include a preposition and an object: on the playground or at the table. They do not act as objects of action verbs.
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An object

A thing to which the subject of a verb does something. It is a noun (place, person, thing, or idea).

In Sam sings songs, the songs are the objects being sung.

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Intransitive Verbs
Action verbs that are not connected to an object, just the subject: the candle melts, the bird chirps, and the duck floats.
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Transitive Verbs
Action verbs that have or take an object: Sam throws a bat, Sam eats the sandwich, or Sam sings songs.
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This set of flashcards defines transitive and intransitive verbs. It includes a number of application cards that let you practice identifying whether a verb is transitive or intransitive. The set also reviews what the object of a verb is, and what a prepositional phrase is, so you won't confuse the two terms. Use these flashcards to get a solid understanding of the difference between transitive and intransitive verbs.

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Transitive Verbs
Action verbs that have or take an object: Sam throws a bat, Sam eats the sandwich, or Sam sings songs.
Intransitive Verbs
Action verbs that are not connected to an object, just the subject: the candle melts, the bird chirps, and the duck floats.
An object

A thing to which the subject of a verb does something. It is a noun (place, person, thing, or idea).

In Sam sings songs, the songs are the objects being sung.

Prepositional Phrase
A group of words that include a preposition and an object: on the playground or at the table. They do not act as objects of action verbs.

Identify if the verb is transitive or intransitive in the sentence below.

I eat pizza all day and all night.

Transitive - pizza is the object, and the subject ('I') eats it.

Identify if the verb is transitive or intransitive in the sentence below.

I eat in the park.

Intransitive.

The subject 'I' eats, but there is no object being eaten. In the park is a prepositional phrase.

Identify if the verb is transitive or intransitive in the sentence below.

Shelby swims at the pool every morning.

Intransitive. Shelby 'swims', but there is no object affected by that verb.

Identify if the verb is transitive or intransitive in the sentence below.

Shelby kicks the soccer ball around the field.

Transitive - the soccer ball is the object being kicked.

Identify if the verb is transitive or intransitive in the sentence below.

Delilah plays guitar and saxophone.

Transitive - the verb is 'plays', and two instruments are objects that get played: guitar and saxophone.

Identify if the verb is transitive or intransitive in the sentence below.

Nathaniel plays loudly and often.

Intransitive - the words 'loudly' and 'often' are adverbs that describe how he plays. They are not objects of the verb 'plays'.

Identify if the verb is transitive or intransitive in the sentence below.

Nathaniel plays music loudly and often.

Transitive - 'music' is the object that gets played loudly and often.

Identify if the word(s) in bold are an object or prepositional phrase.

Geoffrey runs by the lake.

Prepositional phrase - 'by' is a preposition, and 'lake' is the object of that preposition.

Identify if the word(s) in bold are an object or prepositional phrase.

Geoffrey rows the boat.

Object - the boat is being rowed. It is the object of the verb 'rows'.

Make the verb in the following sentence intransitive.

Talia drinks hot chocolate.

Talia drinks - in order to be intransitive, we remove the object of the verb: hot chocolate.

Make the verb in the following sentence intransitive.

Martin stretches his arms and legs.

Martin stretches the objects being stretched are his arms and legs. To make the verb intransitive, remove the object.

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