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Intransitive verb

Posted on: November 18, 2011

An intransitive verbis an action verb (that is, it is neither a linking verb nor an auxiliary verb) which does not have a direct object.

The action is still being done, but it is not being done to anything or anyone else.

Most verbs can be both intransitive and transitive depending on the sentence. The verb to go, however, is always intransitive.

An intransitive verb has two characteristics. First, it is an action verb, expressing a doable activity like arrive, go, lie, sneeze, sit, die, etc. Second, unlike a transitive verb, it will not have a direct object receiving the action.

Here are some examples of intransitive verbs:

1. Huffing and puffing, we arrived at the classroom door with only seven seconds to spare.

Arrived = intransitive verb.

2. James went to the campus cafe for a steaming bowl of squid eyeball stew.

Went = intransitive verb.

3. To escape the midday sun, the cats lie in the shade under our cars.

Lie = intransitive verb.

4. Around fresh ground pepper, Sheryl sneezes with violence.

Sneezes = intransitive verb.

5. In the evenings, Glenda sits on the front porch to admire her immaculate lawn.

Sits = intransitive verb.

6. Flipped on its back, the beetle that Clara soaked with insecticide dies under the refrigerator.

Dies = intransitive verb.

7. Men blush less for their crimes than for their weaknesses and vanity

8. My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains
My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk

9. He runs around the block daily.

10. Sometimes imagination pounces; mostly it sleeps soundly in the corner, purring.



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