Transitive verb – verbe transitif


Let's Define It!

What's a *transitive verb*?

transitive verb (un verbe transitif in French) has two traits:

  1. First, it takes an object.
  2. It takes a direct object. (not all objects are direct)

The object is said to be direct because it literally follows the transitive verb directly.

For example, in "Je mange une banane", the verb "mange" is employed transitively because it allows the object une banane to sit next to it directly, without the presence of a preposition (usually à or de) in between.

If there was a preposition (à or de) standing between the verb and its object, we would call this verb a transitive-indirect verb.

Now, an intransitive ver normally won't take any objects. Period.


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 transitive verbs. (They are underlined and in bold for your convenience).

Léon a mangé mon chocolat. / Leon ate my chocolate.

Mon mari dit la vérité. My husband tells the truth. 

Je prendrai une glace à la vanille. I will have a vanilla ice cream. 


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