I don't understand intransitive verbs. ex: the saleslady stood for forty-five minutes. Is this transitive or not?

1 Answer
Mar 26, 2018

Answer:

Intransitive verb needs not any object. In this context "stood" is an intransitive verb.

Explanation:

Stand verb is both tra/intr
Many verbs are transitive ( need object) or many are both tran/intr.

Some common verbs are only tran.

Like, discuss, imply, raise

Some common verbs are intr.

like, cry, rise etc.

Both tra/intr

Bring, wish etc

Problem is we don't know which one which!

I discussed the issue in Applied linguistic forum to LinkedIn few years ago where many famous English grammarians usually have been roaming for exchanging our views.

No, nobody said it has any good rule to identify the specific one unless we practice them in our mind day by day!

Play with a good dictionary.