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).



Hi Dragon2010,

You have two different tenses there, referring to different times. 'John smiled' is an example of the past simple, which we use to talk about completed events or states in the past - look here for more information on this. 'John is smiling' is an example of the present continuous, which we use to talk about events in progress at the time of speaking - look here for more information.

As far as your other question goes, if we do not know the particular form then we distinguish using the context, which should make it clear whether the word is an adjective or a verb.

Best wishes,



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hello everyone

"did you enjoy the wedding" is that correct ?

no. Did you enjoy the concert? is the correct one.

Hello yousra youwa!
Yes, that's correct, but remember the capital letter at the beginning of questions.
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

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yeah I've done the test v.well done

i love this game

"Did you enjoy [reading] the last chapter [of the book]?" is listed as incorrect. 
I'm certain I'd find more of these type of 'bugs'. I might even offer suggestions for improvement. In this case, I might use the verbs 'rise' and 'raise' to illustrate Transitive and Intransitive. 
Moderators, you can find my profile on LinkedIn. It'd be worth hiring someone like myself to test these for inconsistencies before release, given the need of having such things flawless. 

Hello Etester!

Thanks for pointing this out! You're right; I agree that the sentence is correct, although the exercise answer, Did you enjoy the concert is more likely, as is question 10, I haven't read the last chapter - I'm not sure why you are including [reading] in your answer though. I will look at making the context clearer, however.

As it happens, we are aware that there are some minor issues on the site, and already have a proof reader working on the materials; thanks for your offer, though, and feel free to point out any other mistakes you find.

Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team