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Section 12.3.1

Direct Objects

The direct object is the noun, pronoun, or other nounsubstitute in a sentence that receives the action of the verb; it is the noun or nounphrase that is acted upon.


Tomsk-7, whose existence was classified until about 1990, is thought tohave poured and pumped about a billion curies of high-levelwaste, or 20 Chernobyls' worth, into lakes in the region and intounderground formations.

--"Lethal Legacy," Scientific American


All sentences with transitive verbs must include adirect object.

In most sentences, the direct object must immediately follow the verb.


Wash the test tubes. [Direct object, the test tubes,immediately follows the verb.]

However, the direct object may sometimes be separated from the verb by an indirect object.


Give me the test tubes. [Indirect object, me, comesbetween verb and direct object.]

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