The objective case is one of the 4
main cases in modern English. It is used for a noun or
that is the
object of a verb, the indirect
object of a verb or the object
of a preposition.
Object (the noun which the verb acts on directly):
Please pass the butter.
Object (the noun to which the verb happens):
Please pass the butter to Simon.
/ Please pass Simon the butter.
Object of a Preposition (the noun
which follows a preposition, e.g., in, on, at, near, by):
She lives near Brighton.
of the preposition
With the exception of "who" and "whom", the objective
case causes few problems. This is because nouns do not change, and English
speakers can easily distinguish between pronouns in the subjective
case (I, you, he, she, it, we, they) and those in the objective case
(me, you, him, her, it, us, them). In other
languages and old English, the direct object of a verb has its own case,
known as the accusative, and indirect objects are shown using the
dative case. In modern English, these have transformed into the objective
is a present for you from my wife
[show me the objective case]
Glossary of grammatical terms