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

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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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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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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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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sanjiwan | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Honors

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The queston  you have asked is very  simple. For example you may be aware of the meaning of the word ``Transit``. It means ``Passing through``.If the verb is actually a transitive verb,there must be something or an object that  passes through the object to complete what a subject means. In your sentence, Jessie knew all the  answers on the test,  the phrase All the  answers on the test  passes through the verb ``Knew`` ,so  the verb knew is the transitive verb.

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