OBJECTS

 

An object is a noun, noun phrase, or pronoun that receives action or is affected by the verb within a sentence or a noun or pronoun proceded by a preposition that indicates its relationship with another noun in the sentences.

Sound confusing?

Let’s simplify.

There are THREE kinds of OBJECTS you will need to know.

DIRECT OBJECT

INDIRECT OBJECT

OBJECT OF THE PREPOSITION

The good news is OBJECTS have to be NOUNS or PRONOUNS – ALWAYS!

What is a DIRECT OBJECT?

A Direct Object indicates who or what receives the action.

Mark gave her the tennis racket.

Break the sentence down into its simplest form –  Mark gave racket.

What did Mark give? Answer = racket

The word “racket” is the Direct Object.

MORE EXAMPLES

He brought the taco salad.

Break the sentence down into its simplest form – He brought salad.

The cat attacked the dog.

Break the sentence down into its simplest form – Cat attacked dog.

What is an INDIRECT OBJECT?

An Indirect Object tells who or what receives the Direct Object.

There must be a Direct Object in order to have an INDIRECT OBJECT.

She gave Henry the keys.

Break down the sentence into its simplest form – She gave keys

Who received the keys? – Henry

Henry” is the Indirect Object because he received the Direct Object (the keys).

MORE EXAMPLES

I will offer the students bonus points.

Who receives the point? Answer – students

She pitched him a curve ball.

Who received the ball? Answer - him

What is the Object of the Preposition?

The Object of the Preposition is the noun or pronoun that ends a Prepositional Phrase.

A Prepositional Phrase consists of a preposition, modifiers, and a noun or pronoun.

EXAMPLES OF PREPOSITIONAL PHRASES

Over the bridge, Under the table, To the beach, Aboard the ship, Through the fence, Until dawn

Click here for a list of prepositions

EXAMPLES

The Prepositional Phrase is underlined.

The Object of the Preposition is in blue.

Mark drove across the field.

He searched for his keys underneath the sofa.

She fell down the stairs.

Every preposition has an object!

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