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Direct and Indirect Objects

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Sruthi Talluri

on 24 January 2013

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To Sum It All Up A direct object will follow a transitive verb [a type of action verb]. Direct objects can be nouns, pronouns, phrases, or clauses. If you can identify the subject and verb in a sentence, then finding the direct object—if one exists—is easy. Just remember this simple formula:
subject + verb + what? or who? = direct object Direct Objects Zippy and Maurice played soccer with a grapefruit pulled from a backyard tree.

Zippy, Maurice = subjects; played = verb. Zippy and Maurice played what? Soccer = direct object.

Zippy accidentally kicked Maurice in the shin.

Zippy = subject; kicked = verb. Zippy kicked who? Maurice = direct object. Examples Of Direct Objects Indirect Objects More Indirect Objects By Sruthi, Paulita, and Alex Direct and Indirect Objects This video also explains the difference between the two. The indirect object is the noun or pronoun that receives the direct object.
Typically, an indirect object precedes the direct object and can be found by asking who or what received the direct object.
The main difference between indirect and direct objects are direct objects directly receive the action of the verb and indirect objects indicate who or whom in relationship to the direct object. If you would like, we can give Martha the tickets to tonight’s game.

To determine the indirect object, ask who or what received the direct object.

Emil sent his brother a postcard from the hotel.

Emil did not send his brother. He sent a postcard to his brother. The noun receiving the direct object is the indirect object.

Did the students give their teacher the assignment?

Look for the object that receives the action of the verb and then who or what receives that object.

After class, Randall will give the students their papers.

Once you identify the verb, ask whether the verb was done to someone or something. For example: Will Randall give someone or something? Yes, he will give papers. To whom will he give them? Students. Students is the indirect object. More Indirect Object Examples Karl tossed Greta an apple.
[Reword: Karl tossed an apple to Greta.]
Action verb: tossed
Direct object: apple (Tossed what? An apple.)
Indirect object: Greta, who got the apple


Avril gave her Mercedes a wax job.
[Reword: Avril gave a wax job to her Mercedes.]
Action verb: gave
Direct object: wax job (Gave what? A wax job.)
Indirect object: Mercedes, which got the wax job Sometimes, the indirect object will occur in a prepositional phrase beginning with to or for. Read these two sentences:

Tomas paid the mechanic 200 dollars to fix the squeaky brakes.

Tomas paid 200 dollars to the mechanic to fix the squeaky brakes.

In both versions, the mechanic [the indirect object] gets the 200 dollars [the direct object]. When someone [or something] gets the direct object, that word is the indirect object. Look at these new versions of the sentences above:

Jim built his granddaughter a sandcastle on the beach.

Jim = subject; built = verb. Jim built what? Sandcastle = direct object. Who got the sandcastle? Granddaughter = indirect object.

So that Darren would have company at the party, Sammy and Maria brought him a blind date.

Sammy, Maria = subjects; brought = verb. Sammy and Maria brought who? Blind date = direct object. Who got the blind date? Him = indirect object. Practice: Find the Direct And Indirect Objects http://www.quia.com/quiz/424608.html THE END Your Treasure Hunt is Finally over, hope our presentation helped!
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