Objects of Verbs

November 25th, 2021 in Grammar by April Michelle Davis 0

Verbs denoting action often require objects to complete the thought and the meaning. These verbs are called transitive verbs. The objects, like the subjects of the verbs, are usually nouns and pronouns.

To find the direct object, first locate the subject and the verb. Then use them in a question ending with whom or what and the answer to the question will be the direct object.


The sales associate (noun) sold (verb) her a movie.

Question: The sales associate sold what?

Direct Object: movie

To find the indirect object, use the noun, verb, and direct object in a question.

Question: The sales associate sold a movie to whom (or for whom)?

Indirect Object: her



Try It!

Find the subjects of the verbs. Then, find the direct objects and indirect objects by asking the appropriate questions.

  1. Developing countries are facing many difficulties.
  2. The flock of wheeling birds landed on the tree branch.
  3. The fire gobbled up some of the most expensive and valuable real estate on Main Street.
  4. Parts of the wreckage may never be found since the car went over the bridge and into the ocean.
  5. Smith’s manner has given her statements the force of commands.



  1. Subject: countries
    Direct object: difficulties
    Indirect object: n/a
  2. Subject: flock
    Direct object: n/a
    Indirect object: n/a
  3. Subject: fire
    Direct object: real estate
    Indirect object: n/a
  4. Subject: parts
    Direct object: n/a
    Indirect object: n/a
  5. Subject: manner
    Direct object: force
    Indirect object: statements