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    Direct vs indirect objects with respect to reflective pronouns.

    Hi as far as i understand:

    1) A direct object is a noun, noun phrase or clause who/which receives the action of a transitive verb

    I kicked the ball
    • I = the subject
    • kicked = transitive verb
    • The ball = direct object receiving the action


    An indirect object precedes the direct object and tells to whom or for whom the action of the verb is done and who is receiving the direct object.
    It lies between the transitive object and the direct object.

    I gave her the ball
    • subject = I
    • Ball = direct object
    • her = indirect object = reciever.


    Now my question is this:

    I have read that one uses a reflexive pronoun as a direct object when the object is the same as the subject of a verb

    What exactly is meant by that? Is this my correct understanding:

    Example:
    I am teaching myself to play the piano

    So the subject is I, and the object must be myself? But Isn't that an indirect object?


    Another definition says that "We use reflexive pronouns when the subject of a clause is also the object of the clause's verb"

    This is pretty much the same thing so should I interpret it as "The reflective pronouns is always an object (or indirect object) of a verb whose subject is this direct object/indirect object?

    Examples

    He bruised himself in the kitchen
    • subject =he
    • verb = bruised
    • Direct (or indirect?) object?

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    Re: Direct vs indirect objects with respect to reflective pronouns.

    Quote Originally Posted by chr0710 View Post
    I have read that one uses a reflexive pronoun as a direct object when the object is the same as the subject of a verb
    That is not always true. Reflexive pronouns can function as indirect objects: I gave myself a pat on the back.

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    Re: Direct vs indirect objects with respect to reflective pronouns.

    Quote Originally Posted by chr0710 View Post
    I have read that one uses a reflexive pronoun as a direct object when the object is the same as the subject of a verb

    What exactly is meant by that? Is this my correct understanding:

    Example:
    I am teaching myself to play the piano

    So the subject is I, and the object must be myself? But Isn't that an indirect object?
    If there is only one object in a sentence, it must be a direct object. "Myself" is the only object in the sentence, and hence must be a direct object, not an indirect one.
    Last edited by PaulMatthews; 25-Aug-2016 at 09:15.

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