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:
- 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.
- 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!
What does it sound like in French?
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.