Verbs which are always transitive:

admire get omit
afford greet owe
allow have prefer
blame hit prove
bring inform put
contain interest question
cut let remind
deny like rent
enjoy love rob
examine make select
excuse mean send
fetch name take
fix need wrap


Verbs are always intransitive:

abound faint pray
ache fall rain
arrive gallop remain
bloom go rise
come hesitate sit
cough laugh sleep
cry lie* sneeze
dance linger talk
die occur thrive
exist pause yawn

* lie (lied), lie (lay/lain)

Intransitive verbs do not take an object. 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 do not need to have an object.)
·       While the parents are praying, the baby is crying.
·       yawned and then he yawned.


Verbs are always transitive/intransitive:

answer fill pull
ask grow read
begin help see
borrow hurry sell
choose jump sing
climb know touch
dance leave wash
eat marry watch
enter meet win
fail obey write


·         She left the house early. (Transitive)
·         She left early. (Intransitive)
·         He borrowed some money from the bank. (Transitive)
·         He borrowed heavily from the bank. (Intransitive)
·         They sold their house to a friend. (Transitive)
·         Their pet monkey was sold cheap to a friend. (Intransitive)