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Distinguishing between Transitive and Intransitive Verbs - Exercise 1

Directions:  In the spaces provided, identify the predicate verb in each sentence below.  Then, label the verb as transitive or intransitive.  If the verb is transitive, write the direct object in the space provided.  If it is intransitive, leave the space blank.

Example:   After the meeting, Tom will announce his plans for the next week.
Answer:  will announce, transitive, plans

1.  She telephoned her uncle last Saturday.

2.  We easily located the path through the woods.

3.  Marion has been sitting in the chair for a very long time.

4.  With great hopes for a lucrative contract, the writer finally sent the manuscript to a publisher.

5.  For such a small boy, Paul eats a great deal of candy.

6.  What do you want from me?

7.  James came by his fortune honestly.

8.  She smiled at her younger sister across the hall.

9.  Jack figured out the answer to the very difficult problem.

10. A number of experienced hikers will be trekking through the mountain pass shortly.



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