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Noun Function 3 - Direct Object of Transitive Verb

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In the section on verbs, we’ll discuss transitive verbs, those that can pick up nouns. (Click here for the beginning of that discussion.) The noun it sticks to the sentence is called the direct object.

You’ll recall this function from our overview above. So, again, an example will remind you:

3. Direct Object of Transitive Verb

Once again, our noun-packed sentence:

The professor, John Smith, is the noun expert, so yesterday he gave the class his views on the importance of learning to write papers clearly, his students feverishly taking notes on all he said.

In the he gave clause, you can see that the noun views sticks to the transitive verb gave. The noun views serves as the direct object of gave.

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