A noun phrase denoting a person or thing that is the recipient of the action of a transitive verb, for example the dog in Jeremy fed the dog. Compare with indirect object.
- An ergative system is one in which the subject of an intransitive verb is treated grammatically like the direct object of a transitive verb, while the subject of a transitive verb is treated differently.
- It's like crawl, laugh, cry, snore, etc., in that it doesn't normally take a direct object noun phrase: you don't sleep something, you just sleep; you don't cry something, you just cry; and so on.
- Some verbs are standardly said to be much more rigid, insisting on an overt direct object noun phrase.
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