Direct And Indirect Objects Trivia

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1.

What questions does a direct object answer?

Answer: What and whom?
Explanation:
A direct object answers the question "what" or "whom" in a sentence. Here's how it works:What: You can ask "What?" to find the direct object. Example: "She ate what?" Answer: "She ate pizza."Whom: If the direct object is a person, you can ask "Whom?" Example: "He helped whom?" Answer: "He helped his friend."So, to clarify your provided questions:"What and where?" – These questions are more associated with the verb and its complement, not necessarily the direct object."How and why?" – These questions generally relate to the manner or reason of an action, not specifically to the direct object.The key questions for identifying a direct object are typically "What?" or "Whom?" in relation to the action of the verb.
2.

In the sentence, "He gave his sister a beautiful necklace," which word or phrase functions as the indirect object?

Answer: Sister 
Explanation:
Sister: The correct answer is "sister." In the sentence, "sister" functions as the indirect object because it receives the action of the verb "gave." It answers the question "To whom?" or "For whom?" He gave the necklace to his sister.
3.

What type of verb can take a direct object?

Answer: Transitive
Explanation:
A transitive verb is a type of verb that can take a direct object. In a sentence, the direct object is the noun or pronoun that receives the action of the verb. For example, in the sentence "She ate an apple," the verb "ate" is transitive because it takes the direct object "an apple." Transitive verbs are different from intransitive verbs, which do not require a direct object.
4.

If a sentence has both direct and indirect objects, then what appears first in the sentence? The direct or indirect object?

Answer: Indirect
Explanation:
In English grammar, if a sentence has both direct and indirect objects, the indirect object typically appears before the direct object. The order is often indirect object first, followed by the direct object.

 

For example:

 

"She gave her friend (indirect object) a book (direct object)."

So, the correct answer is "indirect."
5.

Identify the direct object in the following sentence. If there is none, choose none. I won the championship game of Scrabble last weekend!

Answer: Game
Explanation:
In the sentence "I won the championship game of Scrabble last weekend," the verb is "won." The direct object is the noun that receives the action of the verb "won." In this case, "game" is the direct object because it is what was won.Breaking it down:Subject: "I"Verb: "won"Direct Object: "game" (the noun that the action "won" is acting upon)So, the sentence is describing the action of winning, and what was won is the "championship game."
6.

Identify the direct object in the following sentence. If there is none, choose none. For my babysitting services, Mrs. Badboy paid twenty dollars.

Answer: Dollars
Explanation:
In the sentence "For my babysitting services, Mrs. Badboy paid twenty dollars," the direct object is "twenty dollars." Mrs. Badboy paid what? She paid "twenty dollars." Therefore, the correct answer is "dollars."
7.

Identify the indirect object in the following sentence. If there is none, choose none. Paul gave Teresa a new hat for her birthday.

Answer: Teresa
Explanation:
In the sentence "Paul gave Teresa a new hat for her birthday," the indirect object is "Teresa." The indirect object is the recipient of the direct object (the new hat) and answers the question "to whom" or "for whom" the action is performed. Therefore, the correct answer is "Teresa."
8.

Identify the indirect object in the following sentence.  Sherry lent Arlene one dollar for the Diet Coke in the teachers' lounge.

Answer: Arlene
Explanation:
An indirect object receives the direct object of the sentence. In this case, the direct object is "one dollar," which is what is being lent. Arlene is the person to whom the dollar is lent, making her the indirect object in the sentence. The indirect object typically tells to whom or for whom the action of the verb is done.
9.

Can there be more than one direct object in a sentence?

Answer: Yes
Explanation:
Yes. A sentence can have more than one direct object. When a verb has the ability to act on multiple objects, they can all function as direct objects in the same sentence. Each direct object answers the question "what" or "whom" with regard to the action of the verb.
10.

Identify the direct and indirect objects in the following sentence.  Danny made Lesa a delicious omelet for her breakfast.

Answer: Omelet and Lesa
Explanation:
 

In the sentence "Danny made Lesa a delicious omelet for her breakfast," the correct identification of the direct and indirect objects is:
Direct Object: "omelet" (what Danny made)
Indirect Object: "Lesa" (to whom the omelet was made)
Therefore, the correct answer is:
Omelet and Lesa
This classification identifies "Lesa" as the recipient of the action (indirect object) and the "omelet" as the item that is being made (direct object). The combination "Danny and Lesa" does not represent the objects; "Danny" is the subject, and "Lesa" is the indirect object. The choice "omelet and breakfast" incorrectly includes "breakfast," which in this context serves as part of the prepositional phrase "for her breakfast," describing the purpose of making the omelet rather than functioning as an object in the sentence.
11.

Identify the direct and indirect objects in the following sentence.  The shy boy bought the little red-haired girl a candygram for Valentine's day.

Answer: Girl, candygram
Explanation:
In the sentence "The shy boy bought the little red-haired girl a candygram for Valentine's day," the direct object is "candygram," and the indirect object is "the little red-haired girl."Subject: The shy boyVerb: boughtDirect Object: candygramIndirect Object: the little red-haired girlSo, the correct option is "girl, candygram."
12.

Identify the direct and indirect objects in the following sentence.  Gerald played Thelma her favorite song on his tenor saxophone for their wedding anniversary.

Answer: Thelma, song
Explanation:
In the sentence "Gerald played Thelma her favorite song on his tenor saxophone for their wedding anniversary," the direct object is "song," and the indirect object is "Thelma."Subject: GeraldVerb: playedDirect Object: songIndirect Object: ThelmaSo, the correct option is "Thelma, song."
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