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.
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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