ogugua belonwuAn intransitive verb is simple defined as a verb that does not take a direct object. There's no word in the sentence that tells who or what received the action. While there may be a word or phrase following an intransitive verb, such words and phrases typically answer the question "how". Most intransitive verbs are complete without a direct object.
Here's an example of an intransitive verb in a sentence:
She grew up.
In the sentence above, "she" is the object, and "grew up" is the intransitive verb.
The sentence above is complete. The subject "it" is followed by the intransitive verb "rained."
Intransitive verbs can be followed by a prepositional phrase or an adverb to add to the thought being expressed, but they can never be followed by a noun, which would act as the object of the sentence.
Examples of intransitive verbs followed by prepositions include:
She grew up on a ranch.
She grew up to be a farmer.
Whereas, transitive verbs express an action and is followed by a direct object (thing or person that receives the action of the verb)
Alex sent (transitive verb) a postcard (direct object) from Argentina.
She left (intransitive verb) the keys (direct object) on the table.
My father took (intransitive verb) me (direct object) to the movies for my birthday.
In each of the examples above the subject performs an action and there is an object that receives the action. Followed by the verb, the direct object answers the question What? or Whom?
Alex sent what? A postcard.
She left what? The keys.
My father took whom? Me. 0022 September 2010
ehiremen isaiahtransitive vb takes its own object while intransitive vb does not takes object. 0018 October 2010