What is a direct object?


A direct object is a noun or noun phrase that receives the action of a verb from the subject of a sentence.


Not all sentences have direct objects.

Example: She slept for twelve hours.

Example: The team is on their way home from the game.

Example: A celebrity walked into the store earlier.


Some sentences, however, have direct objects.

Example: I found my debit card in the driver's seat of my car.

Example: The school provided funds to pay for lunch on the field trip.

Example: After the pool party last week, you kept my towel.

Example: I gave a gift card to you on your birthday.


Remember: A direct object is something acted up on by the subject -- something that is a recipient of the verb's action. This is not to be confused with adverbs or prepositions that may follow a verb.

Example: He slept in the living room.

This sentence does NOT contain a direct object but instead has a prepositional phrase ("in the living room") that tells where he slept.

Example: He passed out quickly. 

This sentence does NOT contain a direct object but instead has an adverb that tells how or to what degree he passed out.


Example: He got some rest last night.

This sentence DOES have a direct object: "rest." The subject of this sentence ("He") attained "rest"; therefore, "rest" is the direct object.

  • Last Updated Jun 08, 2023
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