Aug. 21, 2008 – English 8, 10

Basic Sentence Structure: Objects

Direct Object (DO)

The direct object (DO) is the word or words that answers the questions “what” or “whom” is doing the action in a sentence.  It generally comes after the verb.

Example:

………………..S………………………V……….DO
Gottfried Wilhem von Leibniz invented calculus.

……….S……………………V……………DO
Sir Isaac Newton
also claimed to have invented it.

….S………….V……………………..DO
The men disputed who had plagiarized from whom.

Indirect Object (IO)

The indirect object (IO) us used with certain verbs, those that tell, ask, give, receive, or so on.  It describes to whom or what was told, given, asked, received, and so on.  The indirect object will come prior to the direct object.

Example:

S….V………..IO………………….DO
He gave the church a memorial window.

If the answer to “whom” or “what” is given after the direct object, then instead of calling it an indirect object it is called a prepositional phrase.

S….V…………………DO
He gave a memorial window to the church .

Homework

Using the sentence worksheet from before, write “DO” or “IO” over the direct objects and indirect objects, respectively, in any sentences that have them.

Note: The examples in this post are taken from Handbook of Current English: 8th Ed. by Corder and Ruszkiewicz

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3 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Spencer Christian Lestiadi said,

    Mr.B, I am sorry but I think I cannot find any indirect object or prepositional phrase in the homework..

    God bless.

    Sign.
    Spencer C. Lestiadi

  2. 2

    Spencer Christian Lestiadi said,

    Sorry again, sir.. But my hotmail couldn’t be opened. I think it was encountering some problems.. So I could not read your message to me..

    Instead, ONLY if you want, you can send it to
    spencer_gbi@yahoo.com

    But you don’t have to do so..

    Thanks.
    God bless.
    Spencer C. Lestiadi

  3. 3

    Regina Go said,

    Sir, I tried find the basic structure worksheet you said you post in the blog well i can’t find it. could you help me find it? by the way how is your wife and the baby?


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