English grammar

Module 4, Sentence Parts, Lesson 12:

Classifying Verbs

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Remember, main verbs can be action or linking verbs. Action verbs can be transitive or intransitive.

Intransitive action:

We packed for the trip.
We slept all day

Intransitive verbs do not have a direct object in the sentence.

Transitive action:

The ferret stole the dog's toy.
The baseball broke my neighbor's window.

Action verbs that are transitive have a direct object.

Linking:

The weather was beautiful that day.
My sister is a lawyer.

Linking verbs link the subject to the subject complement. (All linking verbs are intransitive.)

Practice What You've Learned

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Directions:
Identify each bold-faced verb as transitive action, intransitive action, or intransitive linking.
1.
We eat at this restaurant a lot.
intransitive action / transitive action / intransitive linking
2.
J.J. is wearing a tiger costume this Halloween.
intransitive action / transitive action / intransitive linking
3.
Your new swimsuit looks so cute.
intransitive action / transitive action / intransitive linking
4.
The leopard stalked the hunter through the forest.
intransitive action / transitive action / intransitive linking
5.
The car zipped in and out of the traffic.
intransitive action / transitive action / intransitive linking
6.
My dog is my best friend.
intransitive action / transitive action / intransitive linking
7.
I stained the wood block black.
intransitive action / transitive action / intransitive linking
8.
We were shopping at the mall after school.
intransitive action / transitive action / intransitive linking
9.
The little dachshund bit the big German shepherd.
intransitive action / transitive action / intransitive linking
10.
The chocolate milk tastes too sweet.
intransitive action / transitive action / intransitive linking
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