The object of a sentence (if there is one) normally comes after the verb phrase. Whether there is an object or not depends on the meaning of the verb. For example, if you want to talk about what someone is doing, you might say ‘She is writing’ but if you want to talk about the point of the activity, you might say, ‘She is writing a book’.
Direct and indirect objects - Easy Learning Grammar
- She was riding.
- She was riding her horse.
- Erica was writing.
- Erica was writing a letter.
- Rory found a pen.
- Our cat doesn’t like milk.
An indirect object names the person for or to whom something is done. It is usually needed with verbs like give, find and owe. For example, with give, we need to name both the thing that is given and the person it is given to.
- Mike owes Tom five pounds.
- Rob gave me a box of chocolates.
- Susan bought her rabbit some more food.
- Rowan bought a magazine.
- I don’t like rap music.
- Lynn fainted.
- Patrick screamed.
- Soon, everyone was shouting.
- Ann was reading (a letter).
- Kim was drawing (a picture).
- Amy owes Mark ten pounds.
- Stephen gave me some flowers.
- Katie bought her hamster a new cage.
- Some verbs must have an adverbial as well as a direct object, for example to specify a place.
- He placed the parcel on the chair.
- She put the umbrella in a corner.