Transitive verbs should be used with an object. Intransitive verbs cannot be used with an object.
Wrong: *I bought there.
Right: I bought my phone there.

Object(s) missing after transitive verb 

In examples 1-3, direct objects are missing after transitive verbs.
 

 

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1.

Compared with the New York harbour, they have got some similar problems, but they can solve _ very well.

Compared with the New York harbor, they have got some similar problems, but they can solve them very well.

2.

Sustainability is an important principle in urban planning which requires _ to meet the needs of the present without compromising the welfare of the future generations.

Sustainability is an important principle in urban planning which requires policies to meet the needs of the present without compromising the welfare of the future generations.

3.

Victoria Harbour is located between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. This harbour can attract many tourists to visit _.

Victoria Harbour is located between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. This harbour can attract many tourists to visit it.

 

Intransitive verb followed by direct object

In example 4, “deteriorate” is an intransitive verb which cannot take direct objects. 

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4.

Apart from that, the development of Victoria Harbour would deteriorate the urban planning of Hong Kong, especially the recreational land-use and accessibility to the harbor-front.

Apart from that, the development of Victoria Harbour would hindernegatively affect the urban planning of Hong Kong, especially the recreational land-use and accessibility to the harbor-front.

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