There are two types of objects in a sentence: direct and indirect. A direct object is the person, place, or thing that receives the action of the verb, while an indirect object is the person to whom something is given.
Direct objects are sometimes referred to as “nominative” because they are doing what they’re supposed to do in a sentence: They’re receiving the action of a verb. For example, The boy kicked me.
Indirect objects are sometimes referred to as “oblique” because they’re not doing what they should be doing in a sentence: They’re not receiving the action of a verb. I gave him my phone number.
How to Identify Direct vs. Indirect Objects in Sentences
Direct objects are nouns or pronouns that are acted on by the verb.
Indirect objects are nouns, pronouns, or phrases that usually come after a direct object and refer to the person or thing indirectly affected by the action of the verb.
- The dog ate my homework.
- I gave him my homework to eat.
In this article we have hand-picked 9 Direct Object and Indirect Object Exercises with Answers (in PDF). Click on the download button below each worksheet to download or print them.