This page is to help you to identify transitive and intransitive verbs.
Transitivity can be described as a relation between a verb and another unit (typically the object). You can say that a verb is transitive if it takes an object and intransitive if it does not. The following are some transitive verbs that are commonly used in academic writing:
believe discuss mean report cover expect accept trust
consider include convince defy contact express
In contrast, the following verbs are intransitive:
happen fall arrive occur disappear wait
Some verbs can be both transitive and intransitive:
The following paragraphs are taken from a speech delivered by Professor Poon Chung-kwong at the Ninth Congregation of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Decide which of the highlighted verbs are transitive and which are intransitive.
Choose the correct option from the drop-down boxes, then click the 'Show Answers' button below:
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