This website (The Direct Object) claims that direct objects can be clauses such as infinitives, gerunds and participle. Is that correct?
What about comparison between these two simple sentence using infititive:
I want him to come.
I want to come.
Can you define direct objects in them?
p.s.: one more comment, i know that "to come" must be an object in the sentence, although the question si if that indeed is the direct object. I would say that the direct object in the first sentence is merely "him" (?)
Last edited by jirikoo; 26-Nov-2008 at 22:56.
Direct objects can also follow verbals—infinitives, gerunds, and participles.
Here are some examples: [the direct objects are in green]
- To see magnified blood cells, Gus squinted into the microscope on the lab table.
- Gus bought contact lenses because he wanted to see the beautiful Miranda, his lab partner, more clearly.
- Dragging her seventy-five pound German shepherd through the door is Roseanne's least favorite part of going to the vet.
- Heaping his plate with fried chicken, Clyde winked at Delores, the cook.