My teacher told me that some verbs are transitive and they requires an object after them.

She gave me a long list of transitive and intransitive verbs to learn. Can anyone give me the logic why a particular verb is classified as transitive or intransitive so that without remembering these words i can tell by a particular sentence that a verb is transitive or intransitive.

For example, here is a sentence which my teacher told me is wrong as emphasize is a transitive verb:

The programme emphasizes with mentoring people to take risks and act in a more entrepreneurial way.

This correct sentence is :

The programme emphasizes mentoring people to take risks and act in a more entrepreneurial way.

  • Have you tried asking your teacher? That would seem the best approach.
    – BillJ
    Oct 9 '18 at 10:51
  • I think she is not as much intelligent as experts on the stack exchange Oct 9 '18 at 17:11
  • Your teacher is right. mentor and emphasize are both transitive.
    – Lambie
    Sep 17 '19 at 22:05

A dictionary should say 'transitive' (or 'used with an object') or 'intransitive' (or 'used without an object') and give examples.

Dictionary.com's definition of 'emphasize' is:

'verb (used with object), em·pha·sized, em·pha·siz·ing.
to give emphasis to; lay stress upon; stress:
to emphasize a point; to emphasize the eyes with mascara.'

Without a dictionary, it might help to make the sentence as simple as you can, for example 'This program emphasizes this idea'.

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