Difference between object of a transitive verb and the complement of an intransitive verb


I am having trouble understanding transitive, intransitive and linking verbs:


Can a linking verb  / "verb of incomplete predication" ever also be considered an intransitive or transitive verb, or will it always be labeled a linking verb? (For an exercise in which students must label the role of each word).

Am I correct to believe that all verbs must be either transitive, intransitive or linking verbs? Or are there more categories?


Relatedly, can a word ever be both the object of a transitive verb AND the complement of a linking verb? I am okay with identifying whether a verb is transitive or intransitive, but I get confused differentiating between

a) a transitive verb with an object

b) a linking verb with a complement

c) a transitive verb with a complement (is this even possible? or would it always be called the object?)


ex. He told a lie.

Would "lie" be the object of a transitive verb 

or the complement / predicate noun of a linking verb?

linking verb transitive asked Sep 23 '13 at 21:35 sali New member

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A linking verb can be considered an intransitve verb because a linking verb has no direct object. Intransitive verbs have no objects following them, just like linking verbs. Therefore, linking verbs can be considered intransitive

link comment answered Sep 21 '14 at 01:42 Lexi New member

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