English grammar

Module 4, Sentence Parts, Lesson 6:

Direct Objects

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English grammar
Definition:
A transitive verb is a verb that takes a direct object.
Definition:
A direct object is the noun or pronoun that directly receives the action of the verb.
Dante threw the ball. (He took the ball and threw it. Ball is the direct object.)
Hint:
First find the subject and verb. Then ask yourself, "The subject verbed what?" putting the subject and verb into the question.
"Dante threw what?" (Answer: the ball = the direct object.)
Definition:
An intransitive verb is a verb that does not take a direct object.
Christopher Columbus sailed across the Atlantic.
Hint:
Sometimes what looks like a direct object is really an adverbial noun. If the answer to "what?" is a where, how, or when, it's an adverbial noun.
Christopher Columbus sailed the Atlantic. (He sailed a ship across the Atlantic. Atlantic is where he sailed.)
We hiked five miles along the mountain ridge. (We hiked the trail for five miles. Five miles is how long we hiked, not what we hiked.)
Hint:
The same verb can be either transitive or intransitive, depending on how it is being used.
Jerome ran the marathon. (Jerome took the marathon and ran it.)
Jerome ran around the track. (around the track just tells where he ran.)

Practice What You've Learned

English grammar

Part 1

Directions:
Use the toolbar above to mark up the sentence. Underline the subject once, the verb twice, and circle the direct object.
1.
At the farmers' market we bought fresh cantaloupe.
2.
You must answer all the questions.
3.
Luke found the missing basketball.
4.
My puppy chased his sister under the couch.
5.
The researcher poured two chemicals into the beaker.
6.
On June 14, we hang flags on our houses.
7.
The secret agent recorded the villain's conversation.
8.
The Venus fly trap ate a fly.
9.
That horror movie terrified my sister.
10.
The catcher missed the ball.

Part 2

Directions:
Identify each verb as transitive or intransitive.
11.
We built a fire in the fire pit.
transitive / intransitive
12.
We drove around the block.
transitive / intransitive
13.
My father forgot the cooler of food.
transitive / intransitive
14.
Those motorcycles drive very fast.
transitive / intransitive
15.
The mirror fell off the wall.
transitive / intransitive
16.
The castle stood on the hilltop for centuries.
transitive / intransitive
17.
The dentist fixed Max's broken tooth.
transitive / intransitive
18.
The treasure chest was filled with gold and gems.
transitive / intransitive
19.
The electricity went out during the storm.
transitive / intransitive
20.
I want pizza for lunch.
transitive / intransitive
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