The main difference between the two forms of verbs boils down to whether it exerts a complete thought.

When we are evaluating our writing or that of others, it is very helpful to find the structure of the sentences. This helps us gauge the purpose of the motive behind why it was created and gives us a better understanding of the purpose of it altogether. We have previously learned about action words (verbs) in sentences and the role they play, but we will further classify verbs to better understand their purpose within a sentence. This helps us understand the mechanics of the sentence and also plays a key role when translating English words to other languages.

When a verb conveys a complete thought, it is classified as an intransitive verb. This verb does not require a subject to act upon. They are pretty independent because they are free of the need for a subject. For example, the word "go" is intransitive. You really cannot "go" something, can you? Transitive verbs, on the other hand, need a subject. Without a subject, the sentence would be incomplete.

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Practice Worksheet

Identify whether the bolded verb is transitive or intransitive and write it on the line.

Transitive Verbs

Underline the transitive verb in each sentence. Write its direct object on the line.

Subject What?

Pose the question, "Subject, verb, what?" for each sentence. Write the answer on the line. If there is an answer, write transitive on the second line. If there is no direct object, write intransitive on the second line.

Transition Me

. Rewrite the sentence without a direct object, adding words or phrases as necessary so that the verb becomes intransitive. Remember, any information that follows an intransitive verb will usually be a prepositional phrase or an adverb describing it.

Direct Objects

Complete each sentence below with a direct object to make the verb transitive.

Transfer Words

Read each sentence below. Circle whether the underlined verb is transitive or intransitive.

Bolder and Brighter

Is the bolded verb transitive or intransitive? Write it on the line.

Starter Verbs

Write a sentence for each verb. Make the verb transitive or intransitive according to directions in parentheses.

In the Sentence

Cirle the intransitive verb in each sentence. Underline the prepositional phrase or adverb that follows it.

Is it Transitive or Intransitive?

Read each sentence below. Circle whether the underlined verb is transitive or intransitive.

Follow It Up!

Underline the direct object that follows it.

Two Sentences

Write two sentences for each verb given. In the first sentence the verb should be transitive. In the second sentence the verb should be intransitive.


For each sentence, identify whether the underlined verb is transitive or intransitive.

Using Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

Write a sentence for each verb. The verb should be either transitive or intransitive as indicated in parentheses.

Two Sentences

Write two for every verb that pops up your way.