What Is a Direct Object?
What are the three words used as examples of objects?
Hi, my name is Rebecca Blomker and I used to teach AP English before I chose to home-educate my sons. Today we are going to talk about what is a direct object for About.com.A direct object is a noun or a pronoun that follows a transitive verb -- a direct object follows an action verb. An easy formula how to figure out what your direct object is, is in your sentence, you will have a subject, then you will have a verb, then you ask the question "who" or "what." The answer to that would be your direct object. So let's look at a couple of examples.Let's take the sentence "Micah hit the ball." You have Micah as your subject. Hit is your verb, and then you ask, who or what was hit? The ball -- that would be your direct object. Let's take another sentence: "Jason handed me the book." So you have Jason as your subject, you have handed as your verb. Then you ask: who or what was handed? The book. That would be your direct object. Let's say we have the sentence: "I bought my son a Star Wars costume." You have "I" as your subject, bought is the verb and costume was the who or what that was acted on -- costume is your direct object. Thank you for watching, and for more information on grammar, check us out on the web at About.com.