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Transitive Verbs - Glossary of Terms


Transitive Verbs

A transitive verb is one that acts on a direct object.  (Most verbs are transitive.)  In the examples below, the direct objects are in bold:

Examples:

Please pass the butter
               
              verb       direct object

She plays the piano
The minister refused to sign the treaty
 
Interactive example:
 
Those cats attacked the rabbit again last night. [show me the transitive verb]
Associated pages:
 
What are verbs?
Intransitive verbs
Glossary of grammatical terms
 
 

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