June 14th, 2010


Feature: Transitive Verbs

Feature: What are transitive verbs?

We've touched upon the topic of transitive verbs at fandom_grammar in "lie" versus "lay" and "rise" versus "raise", and in the feature on passive voice. Here is a more thorough discussion of transitive verbs in general.

Transitive verbs are action verbs that have a direct object—the verb acts on some "thing."
Sam rebuilt the generator.
"Sam" is the subject of the sentence, "rebuilt" is the action she took—the verb—and "the generator" is the direct object—what she took action on.

Sounds easy, right? It should be a snap to pick out the transitive verbs from these Stargate SG-1 examples:
1. "Remember, I am the doctor; you are the patient." At Fraiser's warning, Jack sat abruptly.

2. "We are going home. Dial the gate."

3. Daniel gave Sam the artifact.

4. The SGC scientists voted Col. Dixon "Most Likely to Blast Artifacts."

5. Sam traded Teal'c her pie for his blue Jell-o.

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