FAQ: Frequently Asked Direct Object Questions

What is a direct object example?
A direct object is a noun or pronoun that receives the action of a verb in a sentence. For example, in the sentence "She sent the email", "the email" is the direct object because it receives the action of the verb "send".

What is a verb's direct and indirect object?
A verb's direct object is the thing that directly receives the action, while the indirect object indicates to whom or for whom the action is done. In the sentence "He gave her a gift", "a gift" is the direct object, and "her" is the indirect object (He gave a gift to her).

How many direct objects in a sentence?
A verb can take one or more direct objects, for example:

  • John bought a cake.
  • John bought a cake and two books.
  • They like Tara, Ram and Ati.

How do you identify a direct object?
To identify a direct object, ask the question "What?" or "Whom?" after the verb. The answer to this question is often the direct object. For example, in the sentence "He kicked the ball," if you ask "What did he kick?" the answer is "the ball," which is the direct object.

Can you have 2 types of object in a sentence?
Yes, a sentence can have two types of object—a direct object and an indirect object. For example, in the sentence "She gave him a book," "a book" is the direct object, and "him" is the indirect object (She gave a book to him). However, not all sentences have both types of object; some may have only a direct object or only an indirect object, depending on the verb and sentence structure.

Contributor: Josef Essberger