Direct and Indirect Objects

I’ll try to keep this as simple as is humanly possible, even though I admit that it can be a bit tricky. Let’s start with some basic definitions.

Direct Object: The Direct Object (DO) is the noun or pronoun that directly receives the action of the verb. It is, by the way, always a noun or a pronoun. It answers the whom or the what question of a sentence.

Indirect Object: The Indirect Object (IO) is usually located in-between the verb and the DO, and does not receive the direct action of the verb. The IO answers the to whom or the to what of a sentence.

Check out this example:

The drummer gave the lead singer a dirty look.

In this sentence drummer is the subject, and he is giving the lead singer (IO) a dirty look (DO).

Try out a few examples here.

Day One Warm-Up

Copy each sentence and identify the subject, direct object, and indirect object in each.

1. The Angels gave the Red Sox a serious beating.

2. The Wildcats did the Huskies a favor by turning over the ball in the 4th quarter.

Day Two Warm-Up

1. After a meal of fresh cooked turtle soup Jeremy tossed Al the shell.

2. Fourteen turtles dragged Jeremy to the sheriff.

Day Three Warm-up

1. After escaping from the country the KGB spies gave their bosses crucial information.

2. During the last week Isakson received a cold from one of his little germ-machines.

3. Most students have shown the class part of a Hero’s Journey poster. (If you haven’t, do it today!)

Day 4 Warm-Up

1. The sun gave the mountains a purple glow.

2. Bathed in purple light, Isakson kicked the ball towards Ira’s head.

3. The terrifying experience taught Ira lessons about life.

For extra practice with direct and indirect objects, check out this link to dailygrammar.com. I won’t lie, I totally geek out on this site.