Transitive Verbs

Transitive Verbs :

Some verbs may be followed by a substantive denoting that which receives the action or is produced by it. These are called
transitive verbs . All other verbs are called intransitive verbs .

A substantive that completes the meaning of a transitive verb is called its direct object.

The direct object is often called the
object complement or merely the object of the verb .

1. Alfred has broken his arm.
2. Morse invented the electric telegraph.
3. Black foxes command a high price.
4. You have accomplished a task of great difficulty.
5. Have you lost the dog which your uncle gave you?
6. He asked me the news. [Two direct objects.]

Most of these objects are modified –

arm by the possessive his
telegraph by the and electric
price by a and high
task by the adjective phrase of great difficulty
dog by the and by the adjective clause which your uncle gave you

A noun clause may be used as the direct object of a verb.

1. You promised that my coat should be ready to-day.

2. The mayor ordered that the street should be closed for three hours.

3. I begged that my passport might be returned to me.

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