Verbs Exercise (378)
Identify the verb according to whether it is transitive or intransitive.
Answers and Explanations
Reminder: To be transitive, a verb must belong to the class of action verbs that can take an object.
1. To what do you attribute the cause of the ineffective teaching of English in US public schools?
Subject: you. Verb: attribute. Direct Object: "the cause of the ineffective teaching of English in US public schools."
2. Gaga rose to prominence with her debut album THE FAME (2008).
Subject: Gaga. Verb: rose. No object. "to prominence" is a prepositional phrase.
3. On January 15, 2013, Fitch Ratings warned that delays in raising the debt ceiling could result in a formal review of its credit rating of the U.S.
Subject: Fitch Ratings. Verb: warned. Direct Object: "that delays in raising the debt ceiling could result in a formal review of its credit rating of the U.S." (The direct object is a noun clause.)
4. Feral hogs are a growing problem in the U.S. and on the southern prairies in Canada.
Subject: Feral hogs. Verb: are. No object. Are is a form of "to be." Words that answer the question "what?" after "being verbs" are not direct objects because they do not receive an action. In this sentence, "a growing problem" is a noun complement (predicate nominative).
5. In 753 Pope Stephen II fled from Italy to France appealing for assistance for the rights of St. Peter to Pepin.
Subject: Pope Stephen II. Verb: fled. No object. The verb fled is followed by the prepositional phrase "from Italy." The verb flee can be used transitively. For example, "Pope Stephen II fled Italy, traveling to France where he appealed to King Pepin for assistance."