Miss, give me that cake. In this sentence, is the subject "you" since it is imperative, or is the subject Miss. If you think of the sentence like this: (You) give me the cake, miss, it seems like it would be intransitive with an active verb. Is that right?
grammar - Writeacher, Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 9:09pm
The subject is "you" (understood), yes.
"Miss" is a noun of direct address.
The verb is "give" -- and it has a direct object, "cake."
Transitive? or intransitive?
grammar - Nick, Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 9:10pm
grammar - Writeacher, Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 9:11pm
grammar - Ms. Sue, Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 9:12pm
Yes. The subject is the understood "you."
"Give" is a transitive verb because it has a direct object, "cake." It also has an indirect object, "me."
Intransitive verbs do not have objects.
The base word of "transitive," is trans-, a Latin word meaning "across." A transitive verb carries the action across from the subject to the object.