Direct ObjectsA direct object is a noun, pronoun or phrase which is the recipient of an action verb (called a transitive verb). Whenever an action is being performed on an object, that object is the direct object in the sentence.
In the sentence Jeanne bites her nails, her nails are the recipient of the biting, so her nails is the direct object of the sentence.
In the sentence I hate eating broccoli, the verb is hate, and the phrase eating broccoli is the recipient of the hating. Thus, it is the direct object.
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