Verbs which are always transitive:
Example sentences with transitive verbs.
Transitive verbs are followed by an object.
· Fighting in the office cost them their jobs.
· She gave him a slap on the back to congratulate him.
· He could only lend me a dollar.
· The Manager offered him a job stocking shelves in a supermarket.
· The professor taught palm reading for many year.
Verbs that are always intransitive:
* lie (lied), lie (lay/lain)
Example sentences with intransitive verbs.
Intransitive verbs do not take an object. Oftentimes, the verbs are typically followed by a phrase.
· His back garden abounds with weeds. (Weeds is not an object; with weeds is a prepositional phrase.)
· They arrive at the airport as the sun rises. (At the airport is a prepositional phrase. The two verbs arrive and rises do not need to have an object.)
· While the parents are praying, the baby is crying.
· I yawned and then he yawned.
Verbs that are transitive/intransitive:
Example sentences showing verbs that can be transitive or intransitive.
· She left the house early. (Transitive)
· She left early. (Intransitive)
· He borrowed some money from his mother. (Transitive)
· He borrowed heavily from his father. (Intransitive)
· My mother passed me in the hallway without looking at me. (Transitive)
· All of us looked up at an UFO passing overhead. (Intransitive)
· The parents sold the house to their son. (Transitive)
· Their pet monkey was sold cheap to a friend. (Intransitive)
· He told us a few short ghost stories. (Transitive)
· You need to eat less, or you might put on weight—you never can tell. (Intransitive)
· She walked three puppies once a day. (Transitive)
· She walked into the wrong office in the office building. (Intransitive)