Transitive verb

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A transitive verb (/ɪntrænzətɪv( v)ɜ:b/) is one which has a transitivity of one and therefore must be followed by a direct object:

For example, "like". We say "John likes football". We cannot say *"John likes".

In questions, the direct object frequently precedes the verb as a wh- word: What does John like?

There is a distinction to be made between a transitive verb and a verb used transitively; a transitive verb must be used transitively. However, an ambitransitive verb may be used transitively or intransitively.

Transitive verbs are sometimes divided into three groups: