What Are Objects?
An object is a noun, pronoun, or noun phrase that receives the action of the verb in a sentence. In a sentence, the subject performs the action, while the object receives the action.
In English, there are three main kinds of objects as listed below:
- Simple Objects
- Compound Objects
- Complete Objects
Object Personal Pronouns
As mentioned before, personal pronouns can be used as both subjects and objects in sentences. Below is a table of object personal pronouns:
'Compound objects' consist of two or more objects and can be a mixture of nouns or pronouns. Below are some examples:
She wrote to
There are three major kinds of objects in English sentences which are:
A direct object is a noun, pronoun, or noun phrase that directly receives the action of the verb . Let us take a look at the examples below:
David and Jenny are writing
An indirect object is one that is affected by the direct object in the sentence. It usually comes before the direct object and tells to or for whom or what the action is being done. Look at the examples below:
An indirect object must always come with a direct object. The underlined words in the above sentences are the direct objects.
Object of a Preposition
An object of a preposition is a noun, pronoun, or noun phrase that comes after a preposition and completes the prepositional phrase. The object of the preposition is the noun or pronoun that is affected by the preposition.
Let us look at the examples below:
She lives in
They wrote a letter to
Do All Sentences Have Objects?
In English, not all verbs take objects. There are
Transitive verbs are
She talked to
As you can see, if you remove the highlighted part, the sentence will be incomplete.
An intransitive verb does not require an object to complete its meaning. It expresses a complete thought without needing an object to receive the action of the verb. For example:
Here in this example, the sentence is complete and there is no need for an object.
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