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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Hi ! Someone please tell me whether the verb 'warms-up' in the following sentence transitive or intransitive:
It is the beginning of the day and my entire team warms- up for the treacherous task

Hello Dhananjay Joshi,

The verb here is intransitive because there is no object. The phrase 'for the treacherous task' is not an object but rather an adverbial phrase giving us the reason why your team is warming up.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi!
Can a transitive verb have a participle as an object?
Please explain it with examples.

Hello arafatmgr,

Yes, a participle can function as an object. When the present participle is used in this way it is called a gerund:

I hate reading.

I've finished washing the dog.

Past participles cannot be used in this way.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

hi
what do you mean from past state and action? in past habit text
what is the meaning of through?
we have been through a lot together

hi
what is the difference between would and used to ?
i would play basketball
i used to play basketball

Hello chris,

Please see our past habit page, where this is explained in detail. If you have any other questions about this, please ask them there. 

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

hi
what does the way mean?
they are way too busy
they came way too late

Hello chris kim,

In this context 'way too' means 'much too' or 'far too'.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

hi
what is the difference between get and be in making passive sentences ?
would mind telling me the meaning of these verbs? get behind get around
i do not want to get behind on my payment
maybe there is way to get around that problem
what is the difference between used to and would in the sentences about past?

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