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Objects

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  • An object is the part of a sentence—usually a noun, noun phrase, or pronoun—that is affected by a verb‘s action. Objects may be direct objects or indirect objects.

    Direct objects

    A direct object is directly acted upon by the verb. For example, each of the underlined terms below is directly acted upon by the immediately preceding verb.

    We built homepages.

    She popped the balloon.

    The cat clawed the rug.

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    Indirect objects

    An indirect object is affected by the action, but not directly—for example:

    I gave the book to her.

    She made me a pie.

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