Subject + transitive verb + object
|The principal||punished||the boy.|
|The thief||was given||a good trashing.|
|The government||should ban||all militant organizations.|
|The US||has attacked||Iraq.|
|The strikers||invaded||the platform.|
|The boy||killed||the spider|
John likes…. what? Milk
The principal punished …whom? The boy
The answer to the question what? or whom? is the direct object.
Note the use of the reflexive pronoun (himself, herself) as an object in the third and last example sentence.
Fill in the blanks.
1. The teacher ——————— the boy.
2. He ———————- the bottle.
3. We have invited ———————-
4. She has learned ———————–
5. John broke ————————-
1. Praised, 2. Opened, 3. Our friends, 4. Her lessons, 5. A glass
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