Let's expand this idea a little.
'AOL sucks rocks
.' is a transitive usage, and 'sucks
' is the transitive verb.
Some verbs are always transitive, such as 'abhor'. It is very hard to abhor in a vacuum. Many verbs are usually
transitive, but can be found without a direct object, or without one explicitly stated.
Some verbs have separate transitive and intransitive senses: 'The heretic burned the missal.' is a very different statement to 'The heretic burned at the stake.'
Oppose intransitive verb