What is the difference between transitive and non-transitive verb?

Hi Experts,

What is the difference between transitive and non-transitive verb?

Can anyone explain?

Thanks in advance…

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Transitive verbs require direct objects; intransitive verbs have none. Many verbs have both transitive and intransitive forms.

I bought a house. - “Buy” is a transitive verb because it requires a direct object, which is, in this case, a house. It is incorrect to simply say “I bought.” Something must be bought, or the sentence makes no sense.

I walk. - Intransitive. It makes sense, and the verb “walk” has no direct object.
I walk the dog.- Transitive. “Walk” has a direct object, the dog.

A direct object, of course, is whatever experiences the action of the verb.

Thanks Mordant!!!

If I say “I buy the vegetables” . It is transitive. vegetable represents direct object.

If I say “I buy”. It is non-transitive.


I buy them

Is it transitive ?

Waiting for your reply…


Hi. “I buy” is incorrect. “Buy” is always transitive, which means it must have a direct object. Your use in “I buy them” is correct. Some verbs do not have transitive forms, just as others do not have intransitive forms.

He died. - Always intransitive. (Nothing can “die” something unless we are talking about changing colors, and we’re not.)
He bought a car. - Always transitive (You MUST say what was bought in formal English sentences to make this sensible.)

See my use of “walk” for an example of a verb with transitive and intransitive uses.

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Hi Balamba.
Non - transitive verbs are also known as Intransitive verbs of Incomplete predication.
They are Intransitive but they need an adverbial element obligatory.

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