The Job of a Noun A noun can work as: – A subject – Direct object – Indirect Object – Object of a Preposition – Predicate Nominative
Nouns as Subjects Nouns can be the who or the what of the verb. Identify the verb of the sentence and then ask who? Or what of the verb? Example: Danny gave Jimmy a card for his birthday. – Gave is the verb. Ask who or what gave? – The answer = Danny. – Danny is our subject. *Subjects can be pronouns as well. All sentences will have a subject.
Nouns as a Direct Object A direct object receives the action of the verb Example: Danny gave Jimmy a card for his birthday. – Find the subject and the verb and ask what? – Danny (S) + gave(V) what? – The answer = card. – Card is our direct object and is a noun. *Direct objects can also be pronouns. Not all sentences will have direct objects.
Nouns as an Indirect Object A indirect object receives the direct object. Example: Danny gave Jimmy a card for his birthday. – Find the subject, the verb, and the direct object, then ask to whom? – Danny + gave + card to whom? – The answer = Jimmy – Jimmy is the indirect object and a noun. *Indirect objects can be pronouns as well. Not all sentences will have indirect objects.
Nouns as the Object of the Preposition The object of a preposition is a noun that follows the preposition to complete its meaning. Example: Danny gave Jimmy a card for his birthday. – Locate the preposition and move to the right in the sentence to identify the next noun that is unnamed. – For is a preposition. – Move to the right – the next available noun is birthday. – Birthday is a noun and the object of the preposition. *Objects of the preposition can be pronouns as well. Sentences can have none or many prepositions and objects of the prepositions.
Nouns as the Predicate Nominative Predicate nominatives are found in sentences that contain linking verbs (is, are, was, were). A predicate nominative will rename the subject of the sentence. Example: Mrs. Walter is an English teacher. – Teacher is a predicate nominative because it renames who Mrs. Walter is. Teacher is a noun.
NOUNS HAVE POWERFUL JOBS IN SENTENCES. SUBJECTS, DIRECT OBJECTS, INDIRECT OBJECTS, OBJECT OF THE PREPOSITIONS, OR PREDICATE NOMINATIVES. Person, place, thing, or idea.