Action Verbs are verbs that express action. Ex: run, walk, do, drive.
I’ll do my homework when I get home.
Most action verbs are defined as transitive or intransitive. This means that some are used with a direct object (the person or thing that receives the action of the subject) and others don’t need a direct object. Some verbs can be both transitive and intransitive depending on their meaning.
Transitive verbs always receive a direct object:
Here’s a list of some common transitive verbs that must be followed by a direct object:
Intransitive verbs do not need a direct object in order to complete their meaning. Many are followed by an adjective, adverb, preposition or verb complement (gerund or infinitive).
Here is a list of common intransitive verbs:
Many verbs can be both transitive and intransitive depending on their meanings.
Note: Transitive and intransitive verbs can appear in any tense.
Here is a list of several verbs that can be both transitive and intransitive depending on their meanings: