Parts of the Sentence - Direct Object
A direct object receives the action performed by the subjectThe subject tells who or what about the verb. Source: Lesson 91.
The verb used with a direct object is always an action verbAction verbs are verbs that show action. Action verbs are the most common verbs.
Source: Lesson 1. Another way of saying it is that the subject does the verb to the direct object.
To find the direct object, say the subject and verb followed by whom or what. If nothing answers the question whom or what, you know that there is no direct object.
The car hit the tree.
The car hit whom or what?
Tree answers the question so tree is the direct object.
The car hit the tree.
The car sped past.
The car sped whom or what?
Nothing answers the question so the sentence has no direct object.
The direct object must be a nounA noun is a word that names a person, place, thing, or idea. Examples: man, city, book, and courage. Source: Lesson 16
or pronounA pronoun is a word that replaces a noun or a group of words used as a noun.
Source: Lesson 21. A direct object will never be in a prepositional phraseA prepositional phrase starts with a preposition, ends with an object, and may have modifiers between the proposition and object of the preposition.
Source: Lesson 71. The direct object will not equal the subject as the predicate nominativesA predicate nominative or predicate noun completes a linking verb and renames the subject. It is a complement or completer because it completes the verb. The verb in a sentence having a predicate nominative can always be replaced by the word equals.
Source: Lesson 102, nor does it have a linking verbLinking verbs (state of being verbs) show that something exists; they do not show action. Some common linking verbs include: is, am, are, was, were, be, being, been, seem, look, feel, and become.
Source: Lesson 2 as a predicate nominative sentences does.
Instructions: Find the subjects, verbs, and direct objects in the following sentences.
1. Paul built a doll house for Hayley.
2. The club members held a party in the park.
3. The audience cheered their favorite actors during the play.
4. Tiny children prefer short stories.
5. Terri really dialed a wrong number last night.