what is a transitive verb

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    A transitive verb has two characteristics. First, it is an action verb, expressing a doable activity like kick, want, paint, write, eat, clean, etc. Second, it must have a direct object, something or someone who receives the action of the verb.

    Sylvia kicked Juan under the table. Kicked is transitive.

    Kicked = transitive verb; Juan = direct object.

    Joshua wants a smile from Leodine, his beautiful but serious lab partner. Wants is a transitive verb.

    Cornelius painted the canvas in Jackson Pollock fashion, dribbling bright colors from a heavily soaked brush.

    Painted = transitive verb; canvas = direct object.

    a verb (or verb construction) that requires an object in order to be grammatical

    I answered the question. ("question" is an object of "answered")
    C`mon people let them do their own homework.

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