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).

Exercise

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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 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!
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 ! 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

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

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