It helps to know the difference between transitive and intransitive verbs, but the names are hard to remember. Here's the trick I use.
I hate scary sounding grammar words as much as you probably do, but I have a quick and dirty tip to help you remember the difference between transitive verbs and intransitive verbs.
Transitive verbs require an object. For example, filled is a transitive verb and the cup is the object in the sentence She filled the cup. It doesn't make much sense to have filled without an object. She filled is incomplete.
The tip for remembering the name is to think of transitive verbs as transferring their action to the object. Transitive and transfer both start with the prefix trans-.
Examples of Transitive Verbs
Here are some examples of transitive verbs:
They designated a hitter.
The clock struck one.
I want candy.
He carried the bag.
Jose thanked Wayne.
Examples of Intransitive Verbs
Intransitive verbs don't take an object. Here are some examples of intransitive verbs:
The dog barked.
Examples of Verbs That Can Be Transitive and Intransitive
Some verbs can be transitive or intransitive, depending on how they are used in a sentence. To cheer is one example.
They cheered the band.
She sang a song.
Larry tripped Alex.
We visited Aunt Ruth.