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Can a verb be both transitive and intransitive?


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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.