Intransitive Verb: A Short List of 100 Useful Intransitive Verbs in English

Are you searching for intransitive verbs? Here is a useful list of common intransitive verbs in English with example sentences and ESL infographic.

Intransitive Verbs

This is a useful intransitive verb list for ESL learners.

  • Act
  • Adapt
  • Crawl
  • Dance
  • Erupt
  • Escape
  • Expand
  • Explode
  • Fade
  • Fall
  • Fast
  • Float
  • Fly
  • Gallop
  • Grow
  • Jump
  • Kneel
  • Lead
  • Lean
  • Leap
  • Learn
  • Left
  • Limp
  • Listen
  • March
  • Mourn
  • Move
  • Panic
  • Party
  • Pause
  • Peep
  • Pose
  • Pounce
  • Pout
  • Pray
  • Preen
  • Read
  • Recline
  • Relax
  • Relent
  • Rise
  • Roll
  • Run
  • Rush
  • Sail
  • Scream
  • Shake
  • Shout
  • Sigh
  • Sit
  • Skip
  • Slide
  • Smell
  • Snarl
  • Soak
  • Spin
  • Spit
  • Sprint
  • Squeak
  • Stagger
  • Stand (can also be transitive)
  • Swim
  • Swing
  • Twist
  • Wade
  • Walk
  • Wander
  • Wave
  • Whirl
  • Wiggle
  • Work
  • Yell
  • Agree
  • Play
  • Eat
  • Appear
  • Arrive
  • Belong
  • Collapse
  • Collide
  • Die
  • Demonstrate (can also be transitive)
  • Disappear
  • Emerge
  • Exist
  • Go
  • Happen
  • Laugh
  • Nest
  • Occur
  • Remain
  • Respond
  • Roost
  • Fell (can also be transitive)
  • Sleep
  • Vanish
  • Lie
  • Sing
  • Caught
  • Tell

Intransitive Verb Examples

  • She grew up to be a farmer.
  • Malik slept all day.
  • Samantha arrived ten minutes late.
  • When the magician reached into his hat, a rabbit appeared.
  • Kevin fell and scraped his knee.
  • The crowd demonstrated outside the theatre.
  • The jackdaws roost in these trees.
  • To escape the midday sun, the cats lie in the shade under our cars.
  • James went to the campus cafe for a steaming bowl of squid eyeball stew.
  • In the evenings, Glenda sits on the front porch to admire her immaculate lawn.
  • I don’t want such a thing to occur again.
  • I like people who make me laugh in spite of myself.
  • He would disappear for weeks on end.
  • What time will we arrive in Tokyo?
  • There’s a time to work and a time to play.
  • She asked where he’d been, but he didn’t respond.
  • You have to remain in till the weather improves.
  • He was fool enough to agree.
  • It’s easy to swim if another holds up your head.

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Useful List of Intransitive Verbs

Intransitive Verbs

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Swarit
Swarit
1 year ago

Thank you

Sue Cugini
Sue Cugini
11 months ago

Good list for middle school students who sometimes struggle with this concept. Thank you.

Cristina
Cristina
10 months ago

How can tell be intransitive, if we can say “she told me a secret”.
Me is an indirect object, a secret is the direct object.

I don’t think this is correct.

shannon
shannon
1 month ago

“we danced salsa”
“I escaped prison”
“I jumped the fence”
“I walked the path”
“Lets eat cake”…..

All these verbs can be Intransitive, and often are.
Many of these can be Transitive too

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