Transitive verbs have a noun phrase as object:

 

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

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

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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.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Could you tell me the form ad function of the two parts in bracets?
Advertising not only leads us [to buy things] that we don't need but it also confuses our sense of reality.
He made me [buy] this.

Hello Dickens2016,

I'm afraid we don't answer questions which are from tasks from outside of our pages such as homework or test questions. We simply don't have the time to provide such a service.

I can tell you that the verbs you highlight are forms of the infinitive (with to and without to) which form parts of larger verb patterns with the earlier verbs (lead and made, respectively).

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello The LearnEnglish Team,
I guess this sentence is incorrect 'The cup broke' (the 6th sentence of the exercise)
All the best,
Dima

Hello Dima,

No, that sentence is actually correct. It is an intransitive form and so you need to drag 'intransitive' to the gap.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Peter M,
Could you, please, explain me what information this sentence gives us then?
I understand such sentences as:
"The cup's broken"
"The cup was broken"
"The cup's been broken"
"The cup will be broken"
"I broke the cup" etc.
When I hear 'The cup broke...' I wonder what was broken by the cup or how the cup did it on its own.
‘The cup broke the glass table after falling from the shelf’, for example.
Thank you in advance!
Best regards,
Dima

Hello Dima,

'break' is an ergative verb (see also the Wikipedia entry for more). Such verbs can be used either transitively or intransitively. In this case, as Peter points out, it's an intransitive use. I suppose the closest transitive meaning would be 'the cup was broken', which in the past simple (like 'broke'). 

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi sir,
English is tricky some time. I've had been confused with, why people say I've broken my arm 'instead of using passive, but you gave me nice explanation for that, in active and passive lesson. As your previous reply,if I say, my arm broke.does it indicate my arm was broken? very sorry if I ask same thing,I'm not a native speaker.

Hello dlis,

You can indeed say 'my arm broke', but it's more common to say 'I broke my arm'. 'My arm broke' implies some kind of distance between you and the event. Perhaps because it's so difficult to be distant from a broken arm, it's uncommon to say it that way.

We're happy to help our users figure out things like this - as you say, it can be tricky sometimes!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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