Verb used transitively

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A verb used transitively is a verb that is used transitively, that is with a direct object. This may be a transitive verb (which must take a direct object) or an ambitransitive verb (which may take a direct object).

e.g. "John likes football" or "I drink milk".


Furthermore, a verb used transitively may be used monotransitively or ditransitively. If used monotransitively, it does not undergo dative shift and does not have an indirect object. If used ditransitively, it takes an indirect object and then a direct object.

Verbs that can be used transitively can be used in the passive, e.g. "The milk was drunk".

Contrast verb used intransitively.