intransitive verbs

 are those that do not require a direct object, as with sleep in the sentence "He sleeps all night."

Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors. 2013.

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  • Intransitive — In*tran si*tive, a. [L. intransitivus: cf. F. intransitif. See {In } not, and {Transitive}.] 1. Not passing farther; kept; detained. [R.] [1913 Webster] And then it is for the image s sake and so far is intransitive; but whatever is paid more to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Intransitive verb — In grammar, an intransitive verb does not take an object. In more technical terms, an intransitive verb has only one argument (its subject), and hence has a valency of one. For example, in English, the verbs sleep , complain and die , are… …   Wikipedia

  • intransitive — in|tran|si|tive [ınˈtrænsıtıv] adj technical an intransitive verb has a subject but no object. For example, in the sentence they arrived , arrived is intransitive. Intransitive verbs are marked in this dictionary ≠ ↑transitive… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • intransitive — in|tran|si|tive [ ın trænzətıv ] adjective LINGUISTICS an intransitive verb has no direct object. In the sentence The children played. the verb play is intransitive. Intransitive verbs are marked I in this dictionary. ╾ in|tran|si|tive|ly adverb… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • intransitive — UK [ɪnˈtrænsətɪv] / US [ɪnˈtrænzətɪv] adjective linguistics an intransitive verb has no direct object. In the sentence The children played . the verb play is intransitive. Intransitive verbs are marked [I] in this dictionary. Derived words:… …   English dictionary

  • intransitive — [ɪnˈtrænsətɪv] adj linguistics an intransitive verb has no direct object. In the sentence ‘The children played the verb ‘play is intransitive. Intransitive verbs are marked ‘[I] in this dictionary …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • intransitive and transitive verbs — A verb is transitive when it ‘takes an object’, i.e. it has a following word or phrase which the action of the verb affects (They lit a fire), and is intransitive when it does not take an object (We arrived at noon). Some verbs are always or… …   Modern English usage

  • verbs — 1. A verb is traditionally regarded as a word that describes the action or state which the sentence seeks to convey and is normally an essential element in a clause or sentence: She locked the door / She was angry. Verbs are either transitive… …   Modern English usage

  • intransitive past participles — Most past participles are of transitive verbs and, when used as adjectives, denote an action performed on the noun or phrase they qualify; for example, the phrase a polished table denotes the state of the table as having been polished. However,… …   Modern English usage

  • Intransitive japanische Verben — Die Grammatik der Japanischen Sprache hat folgende charakteristische Eigenschaften: Es ist eine agglutinierende Sprache, Affixe werden in Hiragana separat geschrieben und als Partikel bezeichnet. Die Satzstellung ist SOP (Subjekt …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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