Is this sentence transitive or intransitive, 'the mirror shined when cleaned with water.'?

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Jan 21, 2018

Answer:

The verb "shined" is an intransitive verb.
The verb "cleaned" is an intransitive verb.

Explanation:

A transitive verb is a verb that has an object.
An intransitive verb is a verb that doesn't have an object.

The sentence structure is as follows:
Subject = The mirror
Verb = shined
Adverbial clause = when cleaned with water (modifies the verb "shined")

The adverbial clause is made up of:
Adverb = when
Verb = cleaned
prepositional phrase = with water

Example sentence for "shined" as a transitive verb:
Mother shined the mirror. (the direct object is the noun "mirror")

Example sentence for "cleaned" as a transitive verb:
Mother cleaned everything. (the direct object is the pronoun "everything")

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