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. This collection of worksheets will help students learn to identify the function of a verb within a sentence. They can expect to transition this skill to the use within full sentences. This will help improve their grammar and use of syntax within their own writing. It all starts with understand the object of the verb that they are working with. The entire goal is to see if the verb has an object if it does it is transitive. If the verb is free of an object, it is intransitive. This form of the verb is often because it never has a passive form in language. We will also look at how some verbs can take on multiple forms because they have multiple meanings. This section will take students a good bit of time to get the hang of. We encourage teachers to have students analyze their own writing with this skill.