Where is the transitive or intransitive verb in this sentence: Jessie knew all the answers on the test.

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In this particular sentence, there is only one verb, "knew." Now you need to figure out whether it is transitive or intransitive. Along with the other answers you've already gotten, you need to remember that a transitive verb shows action. In your sentence, the action being expressed is that of...

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In this particular sentence, there is only one verb, "knew." Now you need to figure out whether it is transitive or intransitive. Along with the other answers you've already gotten, you need to remember that a transitive verb shows action. In your sentence, the action being expressed is that of knowing something.

The transitive verb tells us what action the subject performs on the direct object. In your example, Jessie's action is to know the answers.

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One way I teach my kiddos so they will remember this:

Transitive verbs TAKE an object --both have "t's".  Not all sentences have an object, so to find it do the following:

1.  Find the subject  (Jessie)

2. Find the verb  (knew)

3.  Ask who or what.  (answers) If you have an answer, you have an object.

So, since the sentence has an object...answers...then "knew" is a transitive verb.

To take it further, you ask the questions "to whom or what; for whom or what".  If you have an answer, you have an INDIRECT object as in the following sentence:

My father (subject) gave (verb) me (indirect object) a car (object) for my birthday. 

 

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A transitive verb has an object. An object is a word or group of words that receive the action of the verb. An intransitive verb has no object. Since your sentence has an object, "all the answers on the test",the verb "knew" is transitive.

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