English Grammar Lessons
Intransitive Verbs - Glossary of Terms
An intransitive verb is one which involves an action that is
not performed on anyone or anything, i.e., it has no direct object.
(As "walks" is not being done to
anything, this verb is intransitive. "Mel walks the dog
for miles" does have an object, the dog, and therefore "walk"
transitive in the second example.)
person voted. ("voted" - not
done to anything - intransitive)
demonstrated outside the theatre. ("demonstrated"
- not done to anything - intransitive)
Many verbs can be used intransitively or transitively:
played in the woods. (intransitive)
played hide and seek in the woods. (transitive)
They chopped down the large oak where
the jackdaws roost. [show
me the intransitive
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