Difference Between Direct Objects and Indirect Objects

Direct Objects vs Indirect Objects

A sentence in English is made up of both object and the subject. ‘I hit the ball’ is a sentence where it can be seen clearly that ‘I’ is the subject, while ball is the object. In this sentence hit is the verb that governs the object (ball). Now there are two different types of objects called the direct object and the indirect object. This article attempts to find out the differences between direct object and indirect object.

The first and the most important difference between direct and indirect object in a sentence is that, the direct object is always governed by the action of the verb and receives the action of the verb. It is a noun or a pronoun just like an indirect object but, the indirect object tells the relationship with the direct object in the sentence. Take a look at the following sentence to understand the difference.

John gave Lily a gold ring.

In this sentence, John is the subject while gold ring is the direct object which is given by John to Lily who happens to be the indirect object. Thus, it is clear that indirect object is someone who receives direct object from the subject of the sentence. Direct object is the thing that is given by subject to the indirect object.

If a sentence has two objects, it is pretty clear that one person does some action while the other object is the indirect one who gets something because of the action of the subject.


What is the difference between Direct Objects and Indirect Objects?

• If you are looking to find the direct object and indirect object in a sentence, look for a noun or pronoun that receives the action of the subject. This is the direct object and the person who receives this direct object is the indirect object in the sentence.