A transitive verb is one that has a DO. An intransitive verb does not have a DO. This object can be a noun, a noun phrase (gerund), or a noun clause.

Joe built a house.
Joe loves running marathons.
Joe decided that it was time to trim the hedge.

A verb with no object is intransitive.

Joe ran around the block.

Notice the verb “ran” has no object. Note: “block” is the object of the preposition “around”, not the verb “ran”.


Jeb hit with such power that noone dared to face him.

The verb “hit” is intransitive; there is no object.

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