The stems measure a foot in diameter. Is measure a transitive verb? I can not get this and I can not fail this class

Yes, it's transitive ... it has a direct object!

Did you study the website I posted for you about transitive and intransitive verbs?

yes but I can not figure it out i am one of those people that needs it explained very well or else i am completely lost

Yes, "measure" is a transitive verb in the given sentence. A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object to complete its meaning. In this sentence, "measure" requires a direct object to specify what is being measured. In this case, the direct object is "a foot in diameter," which completes the meaning of the verb.

To determine if a verb is transitive or intransitive, you can follow these steps:

1. Identify the verb in the sentence.
2. Determine if the verb can stand alone without a direct object to make sense.
3. If the verb requires a direct object to complete its meaning, it is transitive.

In this case, "measure" cannot stand alone and requires the direct object "a foot in diameter". Therefore, it is a transitive verb.

Remember, understanding the grammatical concepts and rules can help you identify the function of words in a sentence and improve your language skills. If you have any further questions or need additional clarification, feel free to ask!