The sentence was "The boy ran a long distance." I answered that the verb "ran" was intransitive. Is it correct ?
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You are correct. The verb 'run' is always intransitive when it has the sense of "To go with quick steps on alternate feet, never having both or (in the case of many animals) all feet on the ground at the same time" (according to OED). The phrase 'a long distance' functions as an adverb phrase that answers the question 'how far' rather than 'what'.
transitive verb travel distance by running: to cover a particular distance while running Microsoft® Encarta® 2008. © 1993-2007 Microsoft Corporation. Reservados todos los derechos.
3 a (1) : to pass over or traverse with speed (2) : to run on or over in athletic competition runs the bases well run the floor b : to accomplish or perform by or as if by running ran a great race run errands c : to slip or go through or past run a blockade run a red light d : to travel on (as a river) in a boat run the rapids Merriam-Webster