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Nouns used as Direct Objects

Direct Object: a word or group of words in a sentence that receives the action from the verb.

Action Verbs: verbs that express something we do.

 

Examples of action verbs:

Read – run – play - eat

 

To learn more about direct objects, let’s look at this sentence:

 

Jill runs in the park.

Who: Jill

Action: running

What: the park

 

There are two nouns in this sentence. Jill, which is a proper noun, performs the act of loving (which is the action verb.)

Jill runs.

 

Then:

 

Another noun has been added to the sentence – the park. This second noun is placed after the verb and directly receives the action of the verb – run.

 

Jill (proper noun) runs (verb) in the park (direct object.)

 

Nouns used as direct objects need an action verb.

Action verbs express something we do.

Examples of action verbs:

Run – play – drive – ride – love

 

Because direct objects receive the action of the verb, the verbs that can take direct objects are action verbs.

 

Here is an example:

 

Jill loves the park
(Subject noun) (Action verb) (Direct object)
Who performs action - The action- Receives the action-

 

This sentence has a subject, a verb, and a direct object. Let’s look at two ways to know what the subject and what the direct objects are in any sentence.

 

Questions to ask to find the subject and direct object of sentences:

 

To discover the subject of a sentence:

Place the question, “who” before the verb:

 

Jill loves the park.

Who loves?

Jill loves.

The subject is Jill.

Jeff plays the guitar.

Who plays?

Jeff plays.

The subject is Jeff.

 

To discover the direct object of a sentence:

Place the question, “what” after the verb.

Bill drinks orange juice.

Drinks what?

Orange juice

The direct object is orange juice.

 

To sum it up:

To find the subject: place who or what before the verb.

To find the direct object: place who or what after the verb.

 

*End of lesson for nouns used as direct objects*