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English - S2 Homework (Advanced) Types of Verbs 2

S2 English homework. Exercise 3.

Types of Verbs 2

Copy the following note into your jotter.


Verbs can also be separated into two types: transitive and intransitive.

Transitive verbs: These are verbs that must be followed by an object. The action of a transitive verb does something to somebody or something.

E.g. The girl chewed her pen lid.

Intransitive verbs: These are verbs that do not need an object. In fact, with these verbs an object would not make sense. The action is not being done to someone or something. It is just happening.

E.g. The girl shivered

Please note some verbs can be used both transitively and intransitively. E.g. the girl rang the bell and The bell rang.


Task: Copy out the following sentences and underline the main verb. Say whether the verb is being used transitively or intransitively.

1.  The car overtook the tractor.

2.  The little girl coughed.

3.  The jockey whipped his horse.

4.  The glass smashed.

5.  The juice from the strawberries stained the tablecloth.

6.  The little abandoned dog whimpered.

7.  The ship arrived on time.

8.  Steven kissed the new girl.

9.  I ate the last packet of crisps.

10.  She asked the boy for his phone number.

Mrs D. Thomson