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Difference between transitive and intransitive

Posted: 2016-01-31, 9:49
by think_06
Tell the difference between transitive and intransitive verb please with example.
What will be transitive of "Birds fly in the air"?

Re: Difference between transitive and intransitive

Posted: 2016-01-31, 17:20
by linguoboy
think_06 wrote:Tell the difference between transitive and intransitive verb please with example.
What will be transitive of "Birds fly in the air"?

"Transitive" means there's a direct object. So "Birds need air to fly" features a transitive verb in "need", which takes the direct object "air". There's no real way to make "fly" in the sense of "travel through the air" transitive and--unlike some other similar words (e.g. swim)--there's no transitive equivalent in English.

Examples of fly used transitively are "Pilots fly the planes" and "I always fly Emirates". In the first example, the meaning is "making something travel through the air" and in the second it's "travel through the air in the aircraft of a particular company".