Retained Object Definition

A retained object is an object in a passive sentence that would also be the object in an active sentence:

She was given the job by the previous manager.
The previous manager gave her the job.

The job is the retained object. It was the direct object in the active sentence of the ditransitive verb gave and is still an object in the passive voice as the indirect object has become the subject of the sentence.

See Also:

Direct Object, Indirect Object


Complement & Object

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