Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

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  • Transitive and Intransitive Verbs
    • A transitive verb requires an object
      • A direct object always answer the question "what?", which is how you can tell if a verb is transitive or not!
    • An intransitive verb can't take an object
      • They can never be followed by a noun
      • It can be followed by a preposition or adverb
    • Direct Object in French / Preposition + Object in English
      • There are several very common verbs which take a direct object in French, while the English equivalent is followed by a preposition and object
      • REDCAP is an acronym for the most common verbs in this category
      • Regarder Ecouter Demander Chercher Attendre Payer
      • These verbs do not need a preposition after them in French
    • Preposition + Object in French / Direct Object in English
      • There are several verbs which have a preposition and object in French but take a direct object in English
      • Examples: Obéir à, Pardonner à, Rendre visite à, Renoncer à, Répondre à, Résister à, Ressembler àTéléphoner à
      • You need to include the preposition after the verb here
    • For many transitive verbs the object in someones implied or understood
      • Implied object: "Joe always sings in the car."
      • Stated object: "Joe always sings Freebird in the car."
    • Some verbs may be either transitive or intransitive
    • Many verbs may have both a direct and indirect object

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