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).



Hello Kirk,
Frankly speaking, It's a tricky one for me indeed. Thank you very much for the explanation and making useful references.
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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!

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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).


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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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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,

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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.