Look at these two sentences.
He tumbled backward.
It turned its head.
The first sentence has an intransitive verb, a verb without an object.
The second sentence has a transitive verb. It has a direct object. We can ask: “What did it turn?” You can answer: “Its head. It turned its head.” Say whether the verb in each sentence below transitive or intransitive. Ask yourself a ‘what’ question about the verb, as in the example above. (For some verbs, the object is a person, so ask the question ‘who’ instead of ‘what’).
(i) Jody then went to the kitchen.
(ii) The fawn wobbled after him.
(iii) You found him.
(iv) He picked it up.
(v) He dipped his fingers in the milk.
(vi) It bleated frantically and butted him.
(vii) The fawn sucked his fingers.
(viii) He lowered his fingers slowly into the milk.
(ix) It stamped its small hoofs impatiently.
(x) He held his fingers below the level of the milk.
(xi) The fawn followed him.
(xii) He walked all day.
(xiii) He stroked its sides.
(xiv) The fawn lifted its nose.
(xv) Its legs hung limply.
(i) Went to who/what? (X) went-Intransitive
(ii) Wobbled after who? (him) wobbled - Transitive Verb
(iii) Found who? (him) - Transitive Verb
(iv) Picked what? (it) picked - Transitive Verb
(v) Dipped what? (his fingers) dipped - Transitive Verb
(vi) Bleated -Intransitive Verb, buttled- Transitive Verb
(vii) Sucked what? (his fingers) sucked-Transitive Verb
(viii) Lowered what? (his fingers) lowered - Transitive Verb
(ix) Stamped what? (its small hoofs) stamped - Transitive Verb
(x) Held what? (his fingers) held- Transitive Verb
(xi) Followed who? (him) followed-Transitive Verb
(xii) Walked what/who? (X) Intransitive verb
(xiii)Stroked what? (its sides) stroked-Transitive Verb
(xiv) Lifted what? (its nose) Lifted Transitive verb
(xv) Hung what/who? (x) hung-Intransitive Verb