Marking the direct object of an action with を


In English grammar, the term “direct object” refers to “what” or “whom” an action is performed on. In Japanese, this noun is marked by the particle を.

Examples

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The owner of an expensive jewel invites Asuka Jr. to review his security system. The thief Saint Tail appears and takes the jewel, putting Asuka Jr. to sleep with a sleeping spray. When we wakes, Asuka Jr. finds the owner expressing gratitude for his saving the jewel.

Asuka Jr: 「あれ?」

Owner: 「ありがとう!! よくぞ 宝石(ほうせき) (まも)るって くださった!!」

The action of the verb is (まも)る (to protect). The “what” that was protected was the 宝石(ほうせき) (jewel).

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In a narrative flashback, Takeo recalls a time when his friend Sunakawa received a love convention from a classmate. Sunakawa’s response was to tell the girl he hates her. Takeo scolded Sunakawa, telling him not to make girls cry.

Takeo: 「(おんな)()かすなー」

The action of the verb is ()かす (to make cry). The “whom” to not make cry is (おんな) (women).