- He wrote the book.
* "book" is the object, created by the action of writing.
- I saw the film.
* "film" is the object, sensed by the subject seeing it.
Like subjects, objects can be complex, consisting of the simple object and all the words which modify it.
- I finally bought the dress I had tried on at least thirty times.
* Simple object - dress
* Complex object - the dress I had tried on at least thirty times
- He chose the mangy puppy shivering over in the corner of the cage.
* Simple object - puppy
* Complex object - the mangy puppy shivering over in the corner of the cage.
Not all verbs are followed by objects.
- The guest speaker rose from her chair to protest.
- After work, Randy usually jogs around the canal.
Types of object
Two kinds of objects follow verbs: direct objects and indirect objects.
- Direct object: Refers to a person or thing affected by the action of the verb.
- Indirect object: Refers to a person or thing who receives the direct object.
- He opened the door.
* Here the door is the direct object as it is the thing being affected by the verb to open.
- I gave him the book.
* Here him (he) is the indirect object as he is the beneficiary of the action.