Verbs are one of the fundamental chapters in English grammar. It is important that children develop an understanding of verbs when they are in their primary classes. As they grow up, they’ll have to study the different parts and usage of verbs, which will be much easier to grasp if they have a basic understanding of verbs. It is also important for students to know that verbs are divided into two parts, i.e. main (principal verb) and helping (auxiliary verb). And furthermore, the main verb (principal verb) is categorised into two parts, namely the transitive verbs and the intransitive verbs. If you are looking for practice sets for students, BYJU’S offers several transitive/intransitive verbs worksheets.

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What are Transitive Verbs?

How would a student identify a transitive verb? Transitive verbs include a main verb (action verb) and an object onto which the action from the subject or the doer is passed/shifted. In simpler terms, the transitive verb has meaning only when the action from the subject or the doer is passed/shifted to the object. For example, “Ryan makes his own dinner”. Here, ‘makes’ is the transitive verb. To clarify the concept of transitive verbs, children can practise the transitive verbs worksheet, available at BYJU’S website.

How to Identify Transitive Verbs?

Suppose a student is given a transitive verbs worksheet and he’s asked to identify the transitive verb. How would they identify the transitive verb quickly and correctly? The simple trick to identify transitive verbs is to ask the question of “what or whom” to the verb. And if the question gets answered, then the object gets identified, and the verb can be marked as a transitive verb. For example, “Ria carried the books to school”. If the question is asked to the verb, i.e. “What is carried?”, then the answer would be ‘book’, i.e. the object. So this makes the verb ‘carried’ a transitive verb.

Verbs Used as Transitive as well as Intransitive

Sometimes verbs can be used both as transitive as well as intransitive depending on the way they’re used in the sentence. For example, “Rita knows how to play the guitar”. Here, ‘play’ is used as a transitive verb (As when the ‘what’ question is to the verb, the answer is guitar, i.e. the object). Whereas in the sentence “The boys play outside.” Here, ‘play’ has been used as an intransitive verb.

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Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQs)


What are transitive verbs?

Transitive verbs refer to those verbs that pass/shift the action from the subject/the doer to an object. For example, “Ron loves playing basketball”. Here, playing is the transitive verb.


How to get a transitive verbs worksheet?

If you are looking for transitive verbs with objects worksheet, then visit our BYJU’S website. You will find plenty of worksheets that you can easily download and keep saved in pdf format for future practice.

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