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             Direct Objects

Direct Objects are nouns, pronouns, noun phrases, or noun clauses.  Direct objects follow transitive verbs, which are a type of action verb.  Basically, a direct object receives the action.

In the sentences below, the direct objects are nouns.

      At the restaurant, Maggie ordered a  hamburger.

      My brother won the  race

      Even though Danny does not play  guitar, he bought his friend's guitar so

               that he could learn.

      I ordered new shoes last week, but they have not arrived yet.


In the sentences below, the direct objects are pronouns.

      They found  him hiding in the basement.

      My parents took  me to dinner.

      Randy lost  it


In the sentences below, the direct objects are noun phrases.

      Robert enjoys running in Central Park.

      Mr. and Mrs. Thao like  watching movies on Friday nights.

             Notice in the above sentence that the noun phrase has its own

             transitive verb and direct object: watching movies

      Mary Ellen wants  to visit Mexico.

             Notice in the above sentence that the noun phrase has its own

             transitive verb and direct object:  to visit  Mexico


In the sentence below, the direct object is a noun clause.

       Mai Neng hopesthat she will earn her degree next year.

              Notice in the above sentence that the noun clause has its own

              transitive verb and direct object: that she will earn her degree    


If a sentence has a direct object, the sentence could also have an indirect object.

          The officer gaveKim a ticket

           My dad boughtme a new bicycle.

               


Below is a sentence with a direct object

diagrammed.