Weblinks: Direct Objects

Weblinks: Direct Objects

Locate/Identify the Direct Object

Find the Direct Object quizzes


Transitive verbs take a direct object.         I pay the cashier.  I play the piano.   I read a newspaper.   A direct object will be a noun or pronoun.   He told me.   A direct object is the answer to “what?” or “who?”    I give what?  I give money.  I kiss whom?  I kiss myhusband.    Pay, play, read, tell, give and kiss are transitive verbs.

Intransitive verbs don’t take a direct object.  They can be followed by nothing:  She cried.  We laughed.  They can be followed by a prepositional phrase:  He works in Berkeley.  She fell in the street.   They can be followed by adverbs:  They came slowly.   They cannot be followed by a noun or pronoun.  Cry, laugh, work, fall, and come are intransitive verbs.

Video Lesson

Many verbs can be used both ways.
I eat chicken. (v.t.)  or   I eat in the kitchen. (v.i.)
He drives a car. (v.t.)  or He drives recklessly  (v.i.)
In these cases, the dictionary will say both.  [I,T] or v.i./v.t.
When they have a direct object, they’re transitive.  When they don’t have a direct object, they’re intransitive.

Verbs that must have objects (transitive verbs) Verbs that can’t have objects (intransitive verbs) Verbs that can go either way – with an object or not.
take, give, bring go, come, arrive eat, drink
buy, sell agree, discuss drive, play
tell, say work, live, die wake
make, do run, walk, jump study, read, write
send sleep, sit,wait speak
enjoy, like, hate, love cry, laugh, smile leave

Below are quizzes on transitive (have a direct object) vs. intransitive (don’t have a direct object) verbs.




Indirect objects
In the sentence, ” I gave her a book”  The direct object is the answer to “what?”  I gave what?  The book!  An indirect object is the answer to “for whom” or “to whom”
I have the book to whom?  To HER.  We can put the object of “to” or “for” between the verb and the direct object as just a noun.  You can only have an indirect object if you have a direct object.   The indirect object is a person or organization that you send/give/buy something to/for.   More about  Direct and Indirect Objects

Rules and identifying direct and indirect objects

Find the indirect object

Find the direct and indirect objects

Reorder from prepositional phrase to indirect object