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Direct and Indirect Objects

Grade 6
Aug 29, 2022

What is a Subject? 

The subject is, in general, the person or thing who is doing something. Something is being done to the object. 

What is an Object? 

An object is a component of a phrase that is generally included in the predicate. It refers to someone or anything who or which is involved in the subject’s verb “performance.” It’s being done to the verb.  

The sentence below provides an example. 


  1. The girl sat on the chair 
  1. Jack wrote a book 

Types of Objects 

There are two types of objects: Direct and Indirect 


Direct object: 

It answers to the questions “what?” or “who?” 


  1. Danny repairedhis bike. “His bike”is the direct object of the verb repaired. 

“What did Danny repair?” 

  1. He invited Debony for the marriage. Here “Debony” is the direct object of the verb invited

“Who did he invite?” 

Indirect object: 

An indirect object answers the question “to whom?”, “for whom?” 


An indirect object is the recipient of the direct object, or an otherwise affected participant in the event. There must be a direct object for an indirect object to be placed in a sentence. In other words, an indirect object cannot exist without a direct object. 


E.g.: She sent him a courier. Here “him” is the indirect object of the verb sent. 

“To whom did she send a courier?” 

E.g.: She bought her daughter a bicycle 

Here “her daughter” is the indirect object of the verb bought

For whomdid she buy a bicycle?” 

In an active phrase, the term object refers to the noun or pronoun that follows the verb. 

Sam wrote a poem. 

She bought a car.  

An indirect object and a direct object can be used to follow several verbs. A person is normally the indirect object, while a thing is usually the direct object. 


In the sentence ‘Akon gave me a car’, the indirect object is me, and the direct object is a car

Direct and Indirect Objects


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