I am learning English grammar. I am not a beginner and I am following an English grammar book to improve my grammar. The book gives some examples of intransitive verbs (verbs that don't take any objects) like come, go, arrive. An example is given below from the book

We arrived at 11.

Now my question is: Isn't it confusing? I can say We arrived at the airport. or I came to school.

How can there be intransitive verbs or verbs that don't take objects?

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Ok I think I got it now. Basically when we say

We arrived at the airport.

the airport is not an object for verb arrive. So we can't say We arrived the airport or something like that

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    Congratulations! You got it exactly right! Sep 19, 2015 at 11:34
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    "at the airport" is a where-indication, and not a direct object. As a sentence part it is called adverbial (sentence part). Verbs of movement don't have direct objects.
    – rogermue
    Sep 19, 2015 at 12:40
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    Nor do verbs of being. Like "be". Examples: I am cold. (cold = predicate adjective) I am my father's son. (son = predicate nominative) Sep 19, 2015 at 13:03
  • I think another way to see it is that "at the airport" is a prepositional phrase attached to the sentence "We arrived".
    – Alex Pi
    Aug 24, 2018 at 3:27

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