I am a college educated professional. I earned fantastic grades in school and I have always had issues with sentence mapping. This is the first time I have been able to fully understand the purpose of a direct object! I’m still convinced there is no point to it, but I understand!!! Thank you!
When I do Direct objects in French or Spanish, I like to draw a picture of a car, the driver (Elmo) is the subject, the car is the verb, and the person getting hit by the car(Barney) is the direct object.