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Wednesday Transcription Tip- Indirect and Direct Object

Posted by Chad Sines on Wed, Nov 09, 2011 @ 10:00 AM

Med-Line School of Medical TranscriptionA question came up this week. What is the difference between a direct and indirect object.



Direct Object- A direct object answers what or who is acted upon.

  • Subject + Verb  + What?/Who?
  • I gave money to Ted.
  • I gave what?...money..direct object
  • The money is WHAT is given, so that is the direct object


Indirect Object- An indirect object answer who receives the action.
Indirect objects are rare. You cannot have an indirect object without a direct object

  • I gave money to Ted.
  • Indirect objects frequent include "to" or "for"
  • Who receives the direct object (money)…Ted. “to Ted” is the indirect object
If that does not clear it up, google direct and indirect object for more examples.

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