Classifying Verbs

May 21, 2021

Remember, main verbs can be action or linking verbs. Action verbs can be transitive or intransitive.

Intransitive action:

We packed for the trip.
We slept all day

Intransitive verbs do not have a direct object in the sentence.

Transitive action:

The ferret stole the dog’s toy.
The baseball broke my neighbor’s window.

Action verbs that are transitive have a direct object.


The weather was beautiful that day.
My sister is a lawyer.

Linking verbs link the subject to the subject complement. (All linking verbs are intransitive.)