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Lesson 66 – الدَّرْسُ السَّادِسُ والسِّتُّونَ

The direct object - الْمَـفْـعُـول بِـه

The direct object and its types – المَفْعُول به وَأنْوَاعُهُ

  • The direct object is the dispensable part which undergoes the verb of the sentence. When we say for example:
  • The direct object (الدرسَ) indicates the object undergoing the action of writing which is in the verb (كَتَبَ).
  • We learnt in lesson 33 that the direct object falls only after a transitive verb, otherwise the intransitive verb doesn’t need a direct object. As in the following example:
  • The verb in the above mentioned sentence does not need a direct object; instead it is completed by the prepositional phrase.
  • The direct object is originally a noun. We studied in many lessons that the noun can be in many types, and so is the direct object, it also can be shown in different types as in the following table:


Type of direct object

Direct object




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Explicit noun


The engineers attended the meeting

حَضَرَ المُهَنْدِسُونَ الاجْتِماعَ

/ħađara al muhandisūna al iĵtimāξa/

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Explicit noun


The boy ate the food

أَكَلَ الْوَلَدُ الطَّعَامَ

/akala al waladu aŧ ŧaξāma/

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Explicit verbal noun


I prefer reading stories

أُفَضِّلُ قِرَاءَةَ القِصَصِ

/ufađđilu qirâ’ata al qiŝaŝi/

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Explicit noun


I want to study Arabic

أُرِيدُ دِرَاسَةَ العَرَبِيَّةِ

/urīdu drâsata al ξarabiyyati/

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Implicit noun

أَنْ أُشَاهِدَ

I like to watch the TV

أُحِبُّ أَنْ أُشَاهِدَ التَّلْفازَ

/uħibbu an ushāhida at tilfāza/

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Implicit noun

أَنْ أَزُورَ

I wish to visit Mecca

أَتَمَنَّى أَنْ أَزُورَ مَكَّةَ

/atamannā an azūra makkata/

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Attached pronoun


The teacher asked me a question

سَأَلَنِي الأسْتَاذُ سُؤالاً

/sa’alanī al ustādhu su’ālan/

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Attached pronoun


Our teacher taught us the self respect

عَلَّمَنا اُسْتاذُنا الاِحْتِرَامَ

/ξallamanā ustādhuna al iħtrâma

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Detached pronoun


It is you, we worship, and it is you we ask for help

إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإياكَ نَسْتَعِينُ

/iyyāka naξbudu wa iyyāka nastaξīnu/


  • From the above mentioned table we notice that the direct object can be one of the following:
    1-An explicit noun:
        - As in example number 1 and 2: (
    الطَّعامَ - الاجْتِماع).
    2-Explicit original noun:
        -We learnt earlier that the original noun is the noun which indicates an  action but without (notion of) time.
        - In the examples 3 and 4, the direct objects are explicit original nouns: (
    دِرَاسَةَ) which means (study) of the verb (دَرَسَ), and (قِرَاءَة) which means (reading) from the verb (قَرَأَ).
    3- Implicit original noun:
      - This is not an absolute noun, instead it is a phrase consisting of (
    أنْ /an/) meaning (that), and a present verbal sentence. This phrase can be interpreted by an original noun.
      - In the examples 5 and 6 the two implicit original nouns can be interpreted as follows: (Read from right to left)


Explicit original noun


Implicit original noun




To watch

أَنْ أُشَاهِدَ




To visit

أَنْ أَزُورَ


  • Attached pronoun:

-          We learned the attached pronouns in lessons 45, 46, and 47. We understood that the attached pronoun can be nominative, accusative or genitive pronoun. In this lesson we only study the accusative pronoun attached to a verb as a direct object.

-          The above mentioned examples number 7 and 8, contain attached accusative pronouns as follows:

The attached pronoun





Asked me




Taught us



·         Detached pronouns:

-          We studied the detached pronoun in lesson 44. We learnt that it is divided into two types; the nominative detached pronoun and the accusative detached pronoun.

-          Here, we are just dealing with the accusative pronoun, because the direct object is originally in the accusative case. The example number 9 contains the accusative detached pronoun (إِيَّاكَ) which is a direct object.