Grammar 2-08 | False Beginner | CEFR A1

Transitive Verbs

Listen to four conversations with transitive verbs.

Conversation 1

A: What do you do on the weekend?
B: Nothing much. I stay home, watch TV, read a book. Just take it easy. What about you?
A: I like to get outside. I usually take a drive, visit friends, or play sports.
B: Oh, what sports do you play?
A: I like to play golf and tennis. Do you play any sports?
B: Not really. I like to watch sports though.

Conversation 2

C: What do you like doing in your free time?
F: I like going shopping and hanging out with friends. And you?
C: I like cooking and baking things.
F: Oh, yeah, what do you bake?
C: I bake cake and cookies mainly!
F: Well, I love to eat cookies, so share if you like.
C: OK, I’ll remember you next time.

Conversation 3

E: Excume me! Can you explain the assigment again?
H: Sure! You need to read this article and then write a short essay about it.
E: Can I use a dictionary?
H: Yes, you can use a dictionary, so please check your spelling if you need to.
E: OK, Can I write about my family?
H: Sure, just write at least 100 words.

Conversation 4

D: Did you go shopping?
K: Yes, I went shopping this morning.
D: Did you buy any cookies?
K: Yes, I got some cookies.
D: Cool, can I have some now?
K: No, not yet. You can have some after dinner.

Transitive Verbs - Grammar Notes

Point 1: Transitive verbs are verbs that have an object -- a noun or pronoun -- after the verb.
  1. I bought some clothes online.
  2. I made pancakes for breakfast.
  3. He sold his car for 10 dollars.
  4. She speaks Italian fluently.
Point 2: Intransitive verbs are verbs that do not need an object.
  1. I work at a store downtown.
  2. I live in the city.
  3. I exercise every morning.
  4. I usually sleep three hours a night.
Point 3: Once the object is mentioned, the speaker usually uses a pronoun and not the noun.
  1. What did you buy at the mall?
  2. I bought a new sweater?
  3. Where did you buy it?
  4. I got it at the new shop by the cafe.
Point 4: We often use a general word after What when asking about the object of a sentence.
  1. What sports did you play as a kid?
  2. I played baseball.
  3. What movie did you watch last night?
  4. I watched the new Star Wars.
  5. What dishes can you cook?
  6. I can cook soup and stews.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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