What Are Direct Objects?
Transitive Verbs and Direct Objects
Some verbs are transitive which means they need an object to form a complete sentence. This type of verb can take more than one direct object. Take a look at the following examples:
When will you
Here, if you remove 'the book', the sentence will remain incomplete.
I can only
Now let us analyze how nouns, noun phrases and pronouns can function as direct objects.
Nouns as Direct Objects
Some English verbs require a noun as their object. In such cases, any noun -whether proper or common, countable or uncountable, and singular or plural- can function as the object. Let us study the following examples carefully:
Johnny talked to a
Here, 'cat' is used as the object and it is a common noun.
Here, 'Peggy' is the object and it is a proper noun.
Noun Phrases as Objects
A noun phrase is a group of words that includes a noun and any words that modify it, such as adjectives or determiners. Noun phrases can function as objects* in a sentence. Take a look at the examples below:
Yesterday, I read
Pronouns as Direct Objects
As you know, pronouns are substitutes for nouns that are used to avoid repetition. First, let us go over object pronouns:
|Subject Pronouns||Object Pronouns|
|First Person Singular||I||Me|
|Second Person Singular||You||You|
|Third Person Singular (M)||He||Him|
|Third Person Singular (F)||She||Her|
|Third Person Singular (N)||It||It|
|First Person Plural||We||Us|
|Second Person Plural||You||You|
|Third Person Plural||They||Them|
Now, let us take a look at some examples below:
As you can see, 'give' needs two objects in order to be complete.
Would you please tell
Finding Direct Objects
Keep in mind that gerunds can function as objects too. Take a look at the following examples:
Does she enjoy
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