Transitive vs. Intransitive Verbs

Transitive verbs require at least a direct object to complete their meaning, while intransitive verbs do not require any objects. Some verbs are bi-transitive, meaning that they are followed by both a direct and indirect object. Transitive verbs followed by an indirect object usually require a preposition. Make sure to always learn such verbs together with the correct preposition. If you are not sure about the preposition, consult your dictionary.

intransitive verb transitive verb bi-transitive transitive verb+preposition intransitive verb
The children slept. The children ate the cake. The children gave the cake to their friends. The children looked at the picture for hours. The children slept.
The children surprisingly agreed with their parents.