What Is an Intransitive Verb?
An intransitive verb is a type of verb that does not have a direct object and cannot take an object. This means that the verb cannot have anything come after it, as direct objects typically do. Intransitive verbs express an action that the subject is doing on their own, and cannot be followed by a noun or pronoun.
Common intransitive verbs include verbs of motion such as “run,” “jump,” “swim,” and “fly.” Intransitive verbs can also be used to express a change of state, such as “die,” “sink,” “melt,” and “grow.” Intransitive verbs can also be used to express a feeling or emotion, such as “laugh,” “cry,” “fume,” and “pout.”
It’s important to remember that a direct object can never follow intransitive verbs. This means that if you try to use an intransitive verb and add a noun or pronoun after it, you will create an incorrect sentence. For example, the sentence “He runs quickly” is correct because “runs” is an intransitive verb and does not take a direct object. However, the sentence “He runs the race quickly” is incorrect because “runs” is an intransitive verb and cannot be followed by a direct object, “the race.”
Intransitive verbs can be used to express a wide range of actions and emotions and can be used to create interesting and descriptive sentences. Knowing when and how to use intransitive verbs can help you create accurate and effective sentences.