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.

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