Parts of the Sentence - Transitive and Intransitive Verbs
Transitive verbs are verbs that have subjects or objects that receive the action. They are either active voice or passive voice.
Transitive active verbs are the verbs in sentences with a direct object. The subject is the doer and the direct objectA direct object receives the action performed by the subject. The verb used with a direct object is always an action verb. Another way of saying it is that the subject does the verb to the direct object.
Source: Lesson 106 is the receiver of the action.
The boy kicked the ball.
Transitive passive verbs have the subject receiving the action with the doer in a prepositional phraseA prepositional phrase starts with a preposition, ends with an object, and may have modifiers between the proposition and object of the preposition.
Source: Lesson 71 or omitted in the sentence. The verb in the transitive passive voice always has is, am, are, was, were, be, being, or been as an auxiliary or helping verb.
The ball was kicked by the boy.
The ball was kicked hard.
Transitive active sentences can be changed to transitive passive sentences by making the direct object the subject and putting the subject either in a prepositional phrase or omitting it.
The daughter kissed her mother on the cheek.
The mother was kissed on the cheek by her daughter.
The mother was kissed on the cheek.
(Mother is the receiver of the action in all three sentences, but in the last two sentences mother is the subject of the sentences.)
Instructions: Transform the following transitive active sentences into transitive passive sentences by putting the subject in a prepositional phrase.
1. The whole state elects the governor.
2. Children from all countries love that game.
3. The critics reviewed the new Broadway play.
4. The pirates hid the treasure quickly.
5. Terri examined the bugs on the tree.
Note: Your answers may vary somewhat from mine.