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    Exclamation Direct Object Forms

    Could you please provide me with the different forms of the direct object?

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    Re: Direct Object Forms

    Direct object is the receiver of action withing a sentence.A direct object will follow a transitive verb [a type of action verb].

    subject + verb + what? or who? = direct object

    Mike and Laura played soccer with many difficulties.

    Mike, Laura = subjects; played = verb. Mike and Laura played what? Soccer = direct object.

    Direct objects can also follow verbals—infinitives, gerunds, and participles.
    verbal + what? or who? = direct object

    To see magnified blood cells, Gus squinted into the microscope on the lab table.
    To see = infinitive. To see what? Blood cells = direct object.


    Other examples:

    He left her all his money.
    My friend sold me his book.

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    Re: Direct Object Forms

    Thanks, but I already know these stuff.
    Just asking about the forms of the direct object...

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    Re: Direct Object Forms

    Quote Originally Posted by Trance Freak View Post
    Thanks, but I already know these stuff.
    Just asking about the forms of the direct object...
    I can't think of anything, apart from a NP, that can realize a DO.

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    Re: Direct Object Forms

    The four grammatical forms that can function as the direct object are:

    Noun phrases
    I sometimes give my cat fish.


    Prepositional phrases
    My mom cleaned under the bed.
    Your father will be decorating on the roof.


    Verb phrases
    Most librarians enjoy reading.
    The baby likes listening to music.


    Noun clauses
    I admire how you work full time and attend graduate school.

    If that's what you are asking.

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    Re: Direct Object Forms

    Quote Originally Posted by fighting spirit View Post
    Prepositional phrases
    My mom cleaned under the bed.
    Your father will be decorating on the roof.
    They are definitely not direct objects. They are optional adjuncts. The main verbs are used intransitively in your sentences. It is not 'under the table' that receives the cleaning. It is not 'on the roof' that receives the decorating. Otherwise I am at one with you. Non-finite clauses can fill the DO slot.

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    Re: Direct Object Forms

    Don't forget pronouns.
    I like her.

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    Re: Direct Object Forms

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Don't forget pronouns.
    I like her.
    A pronoun is actually a (PRO-)NP.

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    Re: Direct Object Forms

    I don't agree with you. The main verbs are not used intransitively, and sure these are direct objects.

    Adjuncts are optional elements, since their omission still leaves a complete sentence. That's not the case with the following sentence:

    Your father will be decorating the roof.

    In the following sentence:
    I'm reading the book
    would you say that the book is not an object but adjunct?

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    Re: Direct Object Forms

    Quote Originally Posted by fighting spirit View Post
    I don't agree with you. The main verbs are not used intransitively, and sure these are direct objects.

    Adjuncts are optional elements, since their omission still leaves a complete sentence. That's not the case with the following sentence:

    Your father will be decorating the roof.
    This is one of your original sentences:

    Your father will be decorating on the roof.
    And now you have brought into your argument a sentence with a different meaning and a different structure. Why?

    Your father will be decorating on the roof. -- Decorate where? --> adjunct
    Your father will be decorating the roof. -- Decorate what? --> DO

    Now you see my point I trust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fighting spirit View Post
    subject + verb + what? or who? = direct object


    On the roof = what
    on the roof = who
    Last edited by corum; 08-Mar-2010 at 20:07.

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