7.1 Glossary - Key language concepts

Understanding words used to describe language and grammar will help you to improve your understanding of English more rapidly. This is a glossary of the most important terms used on this course.

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transitive verb

A verb which must immediately be followed by an object noun phrase. In the following sentences the transitive verb is highlighted in bold and the object noun phrases in italics. 

  • He wrote a letter.
  • She drives a fast car.
  • He reads a lot of books.

On the other hand, intransitive cannot be followed by an object noun phrase:

  • He died suddenly.

Online dictionaries usually indicate whether a noun is transitive [T] or intransitive [I]. Some verbs can be both depending on the sense and context that they are being used in.