Transitive/Intransitive Verb Practice


Verbs can be classified as transitive or intransitive.

Transitive Verb: An action verb that has a direct object.  Trans- means across.  The action is going from the subject to a noun or pronoun that is the direct object of the action verb.

She walked a tightrope.

She walked what?  A tightrope.  Tightrope is the direct object of the verb, walkedWalked is a transitive verb.

Intransitive Verb: In- means not, thus intransitive means no action going from subject to direct object.  An action verb with no direct object is intransitive.  All verbs of being are intransitive.

She walked down the street.

There is no noun or pronoun that directly follows the action verb, walked, in this sentence.  Down the street is an adverbial prepositional phrase that tells where she walked.  It is not a direct object.

Bill is in room 13.

There is no action here.  Therefore, the verb is intransitive.

Practice Exercise: Write down the verbs in the following sentences.  Then write after the verb whether it is transitive (T) or intransitive (INT).

1. Jenny bought a present for Tom.

2. Jim is running in the track meet.

3. You will find the letter soon.

4. Have you noticed the broken window?
(Change to a statement before you decide on an answer.)

5. The soup is salty.

6. Mike is the second oldest in the family.

7. Linda gave Tony an award for his work.

8. The teacher distributed the tests.

9. Did you get a good grade?

10. Bob participated in the contest.

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