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What Kind of Verb Is Used With a Direct Object?

by Neil Kokemuller, Demand Media

    A direct object is the person or thing in a sentence that receives or experiences the action. The kind of verb used with a direct object is known as a transitive verb. Since the direct object receives the action, it always follows the transitive verb in English sentence order.

    Examples

    In the statement "When you go outside, make sure you sweep the driveway," "sweep" is a transitive verb that describes the action completed on, or received by, the direct object, which is "the driveway." In a sentence with no direct object receiving the action of the verb, the verb is called an intransitive verb, as in the sentence "Boys sneeze loudly." "Sneeze" is the verb and "loudly" is an adverb, not a noun or direct object.

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    About the Author

    Neil Kokemuller has been an active writer and content media website developer since 2007. He wrote regular feature articles for LiveCharts for three years and has been a college marketing professor since 2004. He has several years of additional professional experience in marketing, retail and small business, and he holds a Master of Business Administration from Iowa State University.

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