Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

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Transitive verbs must have a direct object: (The subject is 'I', the verb is 'enjoyed' and the direct object is 'the party'.) (The subject is 'William', the verb is 'likes' and the direct object is 'chocolate'.) Intransitive verbs can't have a direct object. Intransitive verbs also can't make a passive. (The subject is 'they' and the verb is 'arrived'. There's no object.) (The subject is 'the children' and the verb is 'are sleeping'. There's no object.)

Many verbs have a transitive and an intransitive form: Also, some verbs that have more than one meaning can be transitive or intransitive depending on which meaning is being used.

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