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I don't get transitive verbs.
In the sentence "Some reach a height of 120 feet," I was told it was transitive. But why? I'm unsure what the direct object is.

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    The word "transitive" comes from the Latin word meaning to "carry across." A transitive verb carries an action across from the subject to the direct object.

    In this sentence, "reach" is a transitive verb because it has something that answers "what?" after it. What did some reach? "height." Therefore, "height" is the direct object.

    A simpler way of understanding this is that an intransitive verb does not have a direct object.

    This site may help you understand transitive verbs.

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    http://www.chompchomp.com/terms/transitiveverb.htm

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