I have known for years that sentences do not have to contain the objects. But there are some problems I am facing with great difficulty. For example, sentences below make perfect sense.

I missed by a big margin.

I played with passion.

I wrote like a real writer.

I sat.

But some of these sentences without objects do not make sense AT ALL.

I got.

I made.

I show.

Not only do these sentences sound like cavemen, those sentences do not seem to be grammatically correct. Why is that?

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    Transitive verbs have objects. Intransitive verbs do not. Ditransitive verbs have a direct and indirect object. Some verbs can take any one of these roles, depending on context. – Anonym Aug 30 '15 at 3:03
  • So it just depends on the type of the verb? – no object Aug 30 '15 at 3:04
  • @noobject - Yes. When you look up the verb in the dictionary, notice whether it says "v.t." (transitive) or "v.i." (intransitive). – aparente001 Aug 31 '15 at 4:02

It's not that the last three don't make sense at all; it's that they are incomplete for most instances because all three verbs have transitive uses. But an object is not necessary to complete the sense for "got":

I got into the car.

And I can contrive a sense for "show." For this you have to know that "far along" refers to the time that a woman has been pregnant, and "show" means that it's evident that she's pregnant:

Q: I hear you're pregnant. Congratulations. How far along are you?
A: Well, I show.


Some verbs in the dictionary are followed by 'v.i' or 'v.t' or even both. Here's some examples...
like (v) v.t. I like birds.
think (v) v.i I think.
play v.t & v.i I played her. / I played.

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