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Find the DIRECT OBJECTS in these sentences. When you find the direct object and it is a noun, cross it out and replace it with a pronoun . When the direct object is a pronoun, mark it.

1. The robot bought wires, computer chips, and Amazing Plastic Skin.

2. At the beauty shop, the robot purchased Lovely Locks Paste.

3. Lovely Locks Paste sprouts pretty hair when spread on skin.

4. It even grows lovely locks on Amazing Plastic Skin.

5. The robot built an android.

6. The robot only put the Lovely Locks Paste where it would be attractive on the android.

7. He did not spread Lovely Locks Paste on the android's underarms or on its legs.

8. The android liked her hair.

9. She wanted it to grow very long.

10. The robot loved the android.

11. The android loved the robot's owner.

12. The owner did not like this situation.

13. The owner bought another robot.

14. The owner bought Lovely Locks Paste.

15. The owner spread the Lovely Locks Paste on the new robot.

16. He also gave her a sweet voice.

17. It worked; the robot changed his affection.

18. The robot loved the new robot for her pretty hair and sweet voice.

19. The android resented the new robot.

20. The robot built another android.

21. However, he did not put Lovely Locks Paste on it.

22. The new android had hair just like the bald owner.

23. The android with lovely, long hair adored the new adroid.

24. She preferred bald males.

INDIRECT OBJECTS receive the direct object. Find the indirect objects of these sentences. If the indirect object is a noun, replace it with a pronoun. Cross out the modifiers of the indirect objects.

1. The saleswoman handed the child the Lovely Locks Paste.

2. The child had bought her teenage brother "Thick, Curly Brown" Locks Paste.

3. Her brother had promised her half of his Halloween candy for buying the Paste.

4. At sunset on Halloween, the girl took her teenage sybling the "Thick, Curly Brown" Lovely Locks Paste.

5. The girl gave her brother's feet a coating of Lovely Locks Paste.

6. The teenager gave his face a coating of Lovely Locks Paste.

7. The girl gave her brother's hands a coating of the Paste.

8. Within minutes the teenager looked like a were-wolf, and he tossed his sister the empty jar of paste.

9. Later, after trick-or-treating, the teenager would not give his sister the promised candy.

10. "Give me the Locks Removal Ointment," he ordered the child.

11. The girl would not give the teenage were-wolf the Locks Removal Ointment.

12. "Give the candy to me, or I will not give you the Ointment!"

13. The teenager gave the child the candy.

Objects of the preposition are merely nouns or pronouns that follow a preposition to complete a prepositional phrase. Find the objects of prepositions in these sentences. When the object is a noun, cross out the noun and put in a pronoun.

1. A little girl had a tiny pig for a pet.

2. The pig had no hair on its shiny, pink body.

3. The little girl had wanted a cat, but her parents did not want a cat in the house.

4. They claimed a cat would do its claws on the furniture.

5. The pig with no hair did not scratch up the furniture.

6. In fact, the pig was very sweet and followed the little girl around the house.

7. It would also sit on the child's lap.

8. Naturally, the little girl became attached to the nice pig

9. However, she still was not completely satisfied with her pet.

10. So, she bought some Lovely Locks Paste and spread it all over the pig

11. Beautiful hair grew on the pig's entire body.

12. "Now, I have a kitty!" the little girl exclaimed as she ran her hands through the pig's new, soft fur.

13. The child's parents approved of the hair on the pig

14. Everybody in the house was happy--even the pig.

When dealing with a compound subject or object, just cover up the noun and the "and" with your thumb so that you can see clearly what is needed. Or, try saying the sentence twice.

Underline the appropriate pronoun in these sentences.

1.The wizard and her/she are going to hex I/me.

2.Martha and me/I told Maria.

3. Maria said, "Well just between you and me/I, their magic is weak."

4. Then, Maria gave we/us a magic potion to protect we/us.

5. "Oh, give I,me that'." yelled the wizard and her/she, coming into the room.

6. Maria and us/we threw it at the wizard and her/she.

7. The potion exploded on the floor, and the wizard and she/her disapeared in the potion's magical smoke.

8. That solves the problem of the wizard and she/her, now what about lunch?


WHO equals HE, and WHOM equals HIM.

The correct pronoun in these sentences has been underlined.

1. At who/whom did Maria throw the pie?

2. Who/whom threw the pie?

3. Jose gave who/whom the pie?

4. Maria listened to Jack and who/whom?

5. Maria will marry whoever/whomever will give her the pie.

If you would like to learn more grammar, just go to The Grammar Table of Contents.