Objects Exercise (224)

The direct object receives the action of a transitive verb. Other verb forms can also have objects. For example, a gerund can take an object: That dog enjoys licking her toes. In this sentence, "toes" is the direct object of the gerund "licking." Read the following sentences and decide which noun is functioning as an object.

  • Mary had a little lamb whose fleece was white as snow.

  • Little Jack Horner sat in a corner eating his Christmas pie.

  • Simple Simon said to the pieman at the fair, "Let me taste your ware."

  • Georgie Porgie kissed the girls and made them cry; when the other boys came out, the jerk ran away.

  • Hey diddle, diddle, the cat and the fiddle; the cow jumped over the moon. The little dog laughed to see such craft, and the dish ran away with the spoon.

Answers and Explanations

1. Mary had a little lamb whose fleece was white as snow.

Correct: lamb
"Lamb" is the direct object of the main verb, "had."

2. Little Jack Horner sat in a corner eating his Christmas pie.

Correct: pie
"Pie" is the object of the participle "eating." The complete object is "his Christmas pie."

3. Simple Simon said to the pieman at the fair, "Let me taste your ware."

Correct: ware
"Ware," meaning "something for sale," is the object of the verb infinitive "[to] taste."

4. Georgie Porgie kissed the girls and made them cry; when the other boys came out, the jerk ran away.

Correct: girls
"Girls" is the direct object of the verb "kissed."

5. Hey diddle, diddle, the cat and the fiddle; the cow jumped over the moon. The little dog laughed to see such craft, and the dish ran away with the spoon.

Correct: craft
"Craft" is the object of the infinitive "to see." In this context, craft means "mischief."

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