Verbs which need an object. Without an object the sentence would not sound complete.
We need help. Help is the object, without this the sentence is unfinished.
I gave money. Money is the object here and explains the use of the verb gave.
Noun + verb + noun
Verbs which don’t need an object.
The woman ran.
Noun + verb
More advanced learners may also want to take note of the following verb types.
Verbs which are followed by an indirect object and a direct object.
I told her everything. Her = indirect object, everything = direct object
Noun + verb + noun + noun
Complement verbs (Linking verbs)
These verbs tell us something about the subject so need to be followed by more information.
The boy felt afraid. Afraid describes how the subject (the boy) felt.
He seemed sad. Sad describes how the subject (he) seemed.
She’s on time. On time gives us more information about the subject (she).
Noun + verb + adjective/noun phrase/preposition phrase
Complex Transitive Verbs
Verbs which are followed by a direct object and a complement. The complement describes the object.
She made him happy. Him = direct object, happy = describes him
They elected her Prime Minister. Her = direct object, Prime Minister = describes her
Noun + verb + noun + adjective/noun
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