Asked in Verbs
Can a verb be both transitive and intransitive?
September 14, 2009 3:56AM
Actually, yes, a verb can be transitive and intransitive
depending on the sentence. The verb eat, for example, is transitive
in this sentence: "I ate an apple," but is intransitive in this
one: "Lindsay already ate."
Other verbs can be both as well, such as "play," "clean," and "read."
Verbs are transitive when they precede a direct object, and they are intransitive when they do not.