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direct object

n.
A word or phrase in a sentence referring to the person or thing receiving the action of a transitive verb. For example, in English, in mail the letter and call him, letter and him are direct objects.

direct object

n
(Grammar) grammar a noun, pronoun, or noun phrase whose referent receives the direct action of a verb. For example, a book is the direct object in the sentence They bought Anne a book. Compare indirect object

direct′ ob′ject


n.
a word or group of words representing the person or thing upon which the action of a verb is performed or toward which it is directed, as the pronoun it in I saw it.
[1900–05]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.direct object - the object that receives the direct action of the verb
object - (grammar) a constituent that is acted upon; "the object of the verb"
Translations
complément d’objet directobjet direct

direct object

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The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.
Bounderby always represented this to be the sole, immediate, and direct object of any Hand who was not entirely satisfied; 'and therefore I know already that you have not come here to make a complaint.
Macrolevel observations, of any type and not just the conventional macro-observations, are derivative variables and are not direct objects of choice.
four prepositioned direct objects. Carmina 1.32.9-10: "Liberum et
know what can be direct objects of anger and what are typical
The data suggests that a rather high amount (60.7%) of case exponents mark subject functions, while only 14.8% mark direct objects. This outcome is partly due to the fact that 54.4% of the clauses in the sample are intransitives and partly due to the situation that many objects are object clauses and therefore take the object function without carrying overt case marking as an inflected word form.
Kulikov relies heavily on the passivization test to distinguish direct objects from other types of accusatives.
Among specific topics are incorporation: morpho-syntactic versus semantic considerations, weak reference and property denotation as two types of pseudo-incorporated bare nominals, discourse properties of bare noun objects, noun phrase incorporation in German, and the pseudo-incorporation analysis of unmarked direct objects in Mari.
The partner of the blind artist gives him instructions to carry out the drawing, but he can't take name of direct objects like circles, cap, tree, etc.
Not only can direct objects look other than they are, how things look is constituted partially by factors other than the object.
Eastern Mansi can be classified as a DOM-language (DOM = Differential Object Marking, see Bossong 1985; Aissen 2003): only some of the direct objects are marked.
Interestingly, ne-cliticization is possible for direct objects (of transitive verbs) as well as for the subject of verbs that select essere as auxiliary which makes us think that there is a correlation between the direct objects of (3) and (6) and the subjects of (5) and (8).

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