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A word or group of words, functioning as a noun or a pronoun, that is influenced by a verb (direct object), a verbal (indirect object), or a preposition (object of a preposition).

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From the Latin, "to throw"

Examples and Observations:

  • direct object
    "He had a sensation of anxiety and shame, a sensitivity acute beyond usefulness, as if the nervous system, flayed of its old hide of social usage, must record every touch of pain."
    (John Updike)

  • indirect object
    "He told me the story of what happened when he won the Silver Star, but he never told me he won the Silver Star for it."
    (Vanessa Kerry)

  • object of a preposition
    "Boys are playing basketball around a telephone pole with a backboard bolted to it."
    (John Updike, Rabbit, Run)

  • "Objects are most typically noun phrases. They follow the verb. They may be direct or indirect.

    Direct objects indicate the person or thing that undergoes the action denoted by the verb, or the participant directly affected by the action:
    I like that restaurant.

    She kicked him.

    They stole a van and then they robbed a bank.
    Indirect objects indicate the recipient of a direct object. They are usually people or animals. An indirect object (bold) is always accompanied by a direct object . . .:
    They handed me a pile of forms.

    Her mother sent her a cheque for her birthday.
    (Ronald Carter and Michael McCarthy, "Object." Cambridge Grammar of English, Cambridge University Press, 2006)
Pronunciation: OB-jekt
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