Phrasal Verbs and Transitivity Phrasal verbs can also be classified as transitive or intransitive. Cindy has decided to give up sweets while she diets. I hope Cindy doesn’t give up. Give up is just one of many phrasal verbs that can be transitive or intransitive. Whether give up has an object or not will alter the meaning it conveys. The first sense of give up means “to forgo something,” whereas the second sense means “to stop trying.” If we refuse to learn about transitivity, the Grammar Police will blow up our building. When the Grammar Police confronted her about her verbs, she blew up. The first sense of to blow up means to explode, whereas the second sense […]
Transitive or Intransitive? Some Verbs Can Be Both Many verbs can be classified as both transitive and intransitive depending on how they are used in a sentence. Urged by the others, she sang. She sang the national anthem at the hockey game. After he cleaned up, he left. He left the gift on the table. To decide whether the verb is being used transitively or intransitively, all you need to do is determine whether the verb has an object. Does she sing something? Does he leave something? The verb is only transitive when the answer is yes. When in doubt, look it up. In the dictionary, verbs will be listed […]
How to Identify an Intransitive Verb An intransitive verb is the opposite of a transitive verb: it does not require an object to act upon. They jumped. The dog ran. She sang. A light was shining. None of these verbs require an object for the sentence to make sense, and all of them can end a sentence. Some imperative forms of verbs can even make comprehensible one-word sentences. Run! Sing! A number of English verbs can only be intransitive; that is, they will never make sense paired with an object. Two examples of intransitive-only verbs are arrive and die. You can’t arrive something, and you certainly can’t die something; it is impossible for an object to follow these verbs.
How to Identify a Transitive Verb Transitive verbs are not just verbs that can take an object; they demand objects. Without an object to affect, the sentence that a transitive verb inhabits will not seem complete. Please bring coffee. In this sentence, the verb bring is transitive; its object is coffee, the thing that is being brought. Without an object of some kind, this verb cannot function. Please bring. Bring what, or who? The question begs itself because the meaning of bring demands it. Here are some more examples of transitive verbs and their objects. The girls carry water to their village. Juan threw the ball. Could you phone the neighbors? I caught a cold. She loves rainbows. Lila conveyed […]
Business Lessons: come under fire: to be criticized My company has come under fire for overworking its employees. My boss has come under fire for not dealing with the problem swiftly enough. be in a bind: be in a difficult or embarrassing position; also, unable to solve a problem My project team is in a bind because of the pandemic. We can’t get the team together at the same time to discuss important issues. Power struggle: a situation in which two or more people or groups compete for control in a particular sphere There is a big power struggle among the mangers in upper management. Make up for: to do or have something as a […]
Create a good First Impression: When you meet people in business for the first time, you want to create a good first impression of both yourself and your company. How do you do this? By confidently telling them who you are, what your job is and what company you work for, of course! Paint a professional image: Your introduction is also an opportunity for you to paint a professional picture of yourself and your company. It’s the right time to lay the foundation for future business dealings and networking. Present you and your company in the best possible light: By making an introduction that makes you and your company look good, […]