Transitive Verbs Exercise (203)

Choose the sentences that contain a transitive verb. Reminder: A transitive verb is an action verb whose action is carried across to a receiver of that action. For example, "The student earned an A." Only action verbs can have receivers of the action. Verbs like "to be" and "to seem" cannot be transitive.

    1.
    Amanda Henry trains all breeds of dog at the Dogtastic training facility.
    She trained for nearly five months under an experienced teacher in Missouri.

    2.
    In some ways, dogs are like children.
    Both need consistent discipline in order to grow up into good citizens.

    3.
    People should choose a pet carefully.
    Temperament and tractability vary according to breed.

    4.
    As a result, some city governments actually pass breed-specific laws forbidding the ownership of some types of dog.
    Many people are afraid of certain breeds.

    5.
    On the other hand, many citizens accept laws forbidding the ownership of pit bulls.
    New York City’s "stop and frisk" law has been condemned as racist.

Answers and Explanations

1. Amanda Henry trains all breeds of dog at the Dogtastic training facility.
The verb trains is transitive. Question: "Trains what?" Answer: "all breeds." The verb in the other sentence, trained, has no object: "trained what?" No word answers the question.

2. Both need consistent discipline in order to grow up into good citizens.
The verb need is transitive. Question: "Need what?" Answer: "discipline." The verb in the other sentence, are, is a being verb. Only action verbs can be transitive.

3. People should choose a pet carefully.
The verb should choose is transitive. Question: "should choose what?" Answer: "a pet." "Pet" receives the action of "should choose." The verb in the other sentence, vary, has no object: "vary what?" No word answers the question.

4. As a result, some city governments actually pass breed-specific laws forbidding the ownership of some types of dog.
The verb pass is transitive. Question: "pass what?" Answer: "laws." The verb in the other sentence, are, has no object. It does have a word that answers the question "are what?" but are is a being verb. Being verbs do not convey action so there is no action to carry across to a direct object. Afraid is an adjective that links back to the subject people.

5. On the other hand, many citizens accept laws forbidding the ownership of pit bulls.
The verb accept is transitive. Question: "accept what?" Answer: "laws." The verb in the other sentence, has been condemned, is in the passive. When an action verb is expressed in the passive, the word that would have been its object in active voice becomes its subject.

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