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.