The direct object
of a verb phrase
is a noun
indicating the person or thing upon which
's action is performed. The direct object may be inflected
into the accusative case
, if your language
supports doing such a thing. In English
, the direct object commonly follows the verb in the sentence.
Thus, in the sentence "John hits the ball," the ball is the direct object, as it is the ball upon which the hitting is inflicted.
In a sentence with a positional indirect object, the direct object comes last, after the indirect object. Thus, in the sentence "John gave Mary a dog," the dog is the direct object.