Transitive verbs have a noun phrase as object:


Noun phrase (Subject) Verb phrase Noun phrase (Object)
Some of the children
had been playing
are learning
a new bicycle.

This pattern is N + V + N (noun + verb + noun).



Could you please help me? How can I use the verb "inquire" correctly?
Is the following sentence correct?
I inquired the name of my friend's cousin.
Thank you.

Hello Ahmed Imam,

You need to add a preposition after inquire:

I inquired about the name of...



The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, again. I think the following sentence is correct without "about"
She inquired the time.
So, why we can't say "I inquired the name of my friend's cousin"
thank you.

I think "They cancelled the concert" and "Did you enjoy the wedding?" are also correct, but they are not included in the answers. I doubt the answers are incomplete.

Hello Delta,

Yes, you are correct. Both of those answers are possible. I'll try to get the task amended so that these are also marked correct.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team


I have two sentences of which I would like to identify which are the direct and indirect objects of the transitive verbs:

a. He convinced everyone that the new road would be good for the town.
b. The school informed George that he had passed the entry test.

For (a), is "everyone" the direct or indirect object of the verb "convinced"?
For (b), is "Geroge" the direct or indirect object of the verb "informed"?



Hi Timothy,

I'm afraid we don't provide this kind of help on the site. We're happy to explain issues arising from the material on our own pages or, where possible, more general questions about English. However, we don't provide answers to questions or tasks from elsewhere as we really can't take on other people's homework or tests!


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hello sir,I read that transitive verbs are the verbs in which action does not pass over from subject or doer to some object and transitive are vice versa.Now in the sentence "He moved his fingers" action passes from subject to the subject ; then why move is a transitive verb?plz explain.Thank you.

Hello fatima k,

I don't think the way you are expressing this is very clear. It's not a case of actions passing over. Simply, a transitive verb is one which must have an object. An intransitive verb is one which does not have an object.

In your example the verb ('moved') has an object ('his fingers') and so is a transitive verb.


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The LearnEnglish Team