Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 60 | Grammar | Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

I’m excited about this one because this will certainly demolish all foreigner teachers out there in the world who try to insult students by asking big, dumb questions such as “what’s a transit verb.”

To put it plain, transitive verbs are like any other, but they require and object and can usually be used in the passive voice.

  • The movement increases the temperature. (Transitive Active)
  • The temperature is increased by movement. (Transitive Passive)

However, some transitive verbs cannot be used in th epassive;

The water is let through the dam by the sluice gates:

Intransitive verbs do not take an object and cannot be used in the passive;

  • Fossil fuels exist in particular rock formations.
  • Renewable energy is existed in many forms.

Note that some verbs are always intransitive (e.g., occur, look, appear, exist).

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Complete the description of how a wind turbine works. Use the correct form of the verbs in parentheses and a noun in the box when necessary.

electrical energy, the kinetic energy, the low-speed rotation, the speed, the turbine. 

Wind 1 blows (blow) toward the turbine’s rotor blades. The blades spin around, slowly rotating a central drive shaft. A gearbox 2 converts the low-speed rotation (convert) of the drive shaft into the high speed required by the generator. Next, the generator 3___________(use) of the spinning drive shaft to 4 ________________(generate).

Finally, this energy is converted to a high enough voltage to 5_______________ (transmit) to the power grid. The anemometers at the back of the main body are used 6______________(measure) of the wind and this data 7______________(transmit) to a controller. Using these measurements, the controller is able 8__________________ (rotate) so it always points directly into the wind. If it becomes too windy, brakes 9______________(apply) to prevent the rotor blades from turning.

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