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.
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.