Direct object – complement d’objet direct
Let's Define It!
What's a *direct object*?
The direct object is called complément d'objet direct in French, or COD.
The COD can be a noun or pronoun that undergoes the direct action of the verb.
For example, in "Elle parle l'anglais" [She speaks English], the noun "anglais" is the "COD" of the verb "parle", that is to say, "anglais" experiences the direct action of the verb.
Between the verb and a direct object, there is usually no preposition (reason why it is named direct object, duh!)
Let's Pronounce It!
What does it sound like in French?
Let's Have an Example or Two!
Can a little reinforcement do the trick?
You will find below sentences containing a direct object (in bold).
Je vois un oiseau dans l'arbre. / I see a bird in the tree.
Nous mangeons une crème glacée. / We are eatng an ice cream.
Papa conduit sa voiture. / Dad is driving his car.
J'ai passé la nuit chez mes parents. / I spent the night at my parents' house.