Noun as Direct Object
The Functions of Nouns in Sentences. Examples. Quiz
Functions of Nouns in sentences
- Subject Complement
- Direct Object
- Object Complement
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A Direct Object is a noun that receives the action of a verb.
To verify whether a sentence contains a direct object, place question "Whom?" or "What?" after the verb. If nothing answers these questions, you know that there is no direct object.
Only action verbs can have direct objects. A direct object will never follow a linking verb. For action/linking verbs samples and explanation see English Verbs
In the following examples, verb is underlined and Direct Objects shown in color.
I can hardly see the street.
- See what? - the street
The hurricane shattered our cities and villages.
- shattered what? - our cities and villages
I placed all students on a waiting list.
- placed whom? - all students
Tom and Jerry ate the entire cake.
- ate what? - the cake
Vanessa called the salesperson charlatan and a fraud.
- called whom? - the salesperson
In the following sentence, nothing answers "What?" or "Whom?" question so it does not have direct object.
Tom and Jerry ate fast.
- ate what? - ???