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English Grammar Video: Intransitive Verbs

A transitive verb is an action verb that takes a direct object. A transitive verb will always have a direct object after it.

But, what about intransitive verbs? Learn more in this video. 🙂


What is an intransitive verb?

Unlike transitive verbs, intransitive verbs cannot take a direct object.


Examples of intransitive verbs

Here’s an example sentence with an intransitive verb:

She arrived early. 

In this sentence, the verb is “arrived” and the subject is “she.” “Early” is not a direct object, because it is not a noun. “Early” is modifying the verb “arrived,” so it’s an adverb. This means that there’s no direct object in this sentence.

Watch the video above for more information on intransitive verbs!