Intransitive verb – verbe intransitif


Let's Define It!

What's an *intransitive verb*?

An intransitive verb (un verbe intransitif in French) is a verb with two main traits:

  1. It is an action verb, a performative one, a doable one, like to walk (marcher) , run (courir), to lie (i.e. tell lies) (mentir), to come (venir) etc.
  2. It is a verb which does not take any object.

So when I say "Il pleut sans arrêt" [It is raining non stop], the verb pleut is used intransitively, that is, it doesn't take any object.

Now I am pretty sure you can easily guess what a transitive verb is based on the what we said so far, can't you? :-)



Let's Pronounce It!

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Let's Have an Example or Two!

Can a little reinforcement do the trick?

Find below some examples of intransitive verbs. (They are underlined and in bold for your convenience).

Léon a couru vite. / Leon ran fast.

Mon mari ment tout le temps. My husband lies all the time. 

Je viendrai demain matin. I will come tomorrow morning. 


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