Transitive and intransitive verbs in Italian
In Italian it is important to distinguish between two categories of verbs based on their relationship with the subject and the other elements of the clause: transitive and intransitive verbs.
- 1.Transitive verbs in Italian
- 1.1.Usage and function of transitive verbs
- 1.2.List of the main transitive verbs in Italian
- 2.Intransitive verbs in Italian
- 2.1.Usage and function of intransitive verbs
- 2.2.List of the main intransitive verbs in Italian
- 3.Verbs that can be both transitive and intransitive
- 3.1.List of the main transitive and intransitive verbs
Transitive verbs in Italian
Transitive verbs (verbi transitivi in italiano) are used as follows:
Usage and function of transitive verbs
Transitive verbs are those verbs that take a direct object (complemento oggetto).
- Lucia canta una canzone (Lucia sings a song)
- Marco compra un libro (Marco buys a book)
Transitive verbs are not always followed by a direct object. Sometimes the direct object can be omitted because it is implicit
E.g. Laura legge (Laura reads)
Luca suona (Luca plays)
List of the main transitive verbs in Italian
Here you can find a list of the main transitive verbs in Italian:
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Intransitive verbs in Italian
Intransitive verbs (verbi intransitivi in italiano) are used as follows:
Usage and function of intransitive verbs
Intransitive verbs are those verbs that cannot take a direct object (complemento oggetto).
- Alessia dorme sul divano (Alessia sleeps on the sofa)
- Giorgio cammina per strada (Giorgio walks down the street)
List of the main intransitive verbs in Italian
Here is a list of the main intransitive verbs in Italian:
Verbs that can be both transitive and intransitive
There are some verbs that can be both transitive and intransitive based on the context in which they occur.
- Riccardo mangia una mela (Riccardo eats an apple)
- Quando mangiamo? (When are we going to eat?)
List of the main transitive and intransitive verbs
Here is a list of some verbs that can be both transitive and intransitive:
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