What's a sentence with a compound direct object?

Feb 14, 2016

Vanessa rode her bike. (Vanessa rode what? She rode her bike . Bike is the direct object in the sentence.)

Feb 19, 2016

A compound direct object occurs when more than one noun, pronoun, or group of words acting as a noun receives the action of the same transitive verb.

For example, in the sentence

$\text{Mary}$ $\textcolor{red}{\text{saw}}$ $\text{the}$ stackrel(color(red)"D.O.")(bb"lion") $\text{at the zoo.}$

The only direct object is lion. However, if Mary sees more than one noun, we have a compound direct object, since the same verb is acting on multiple nouns.

$\text{Mary}$ $\textcolor{red}{\text{saw}}$ $\text{the}$ stackrel(color(red)"D.O.")(bb"lion") $\text{and the}$ stackrel(color(red)"D.O.")(bb"seal") $\text{at the zoo.}$

Here, the nouns lion and seal make up the compound direct object.

Be careful! A sentence can still have two direct objects and not contain a compound direct object. When the two direct objects are acted on by different verbs, they are just direct objects. An example of a sentence with two direct objects but no compound direct objects is:

$\text{Mary}$ $\textcolor{red}{\text{saw}}$ $\text{the}$ stackrel(color(red)"D.O.")bb"lion" $\text{and}$ $\textcolor{b l u e}{\text{loved}}$ $\text{the}$ stackrel(color(blue)"D.O.")bb"seal" $\text{at the zoo.}$

Here, the lion was seen, but the seal was loved.