What comes after the main verb in a simple sentence? 1. Direct Object - A direct object comes after a transitive verb -- v(T). - A direct object is a noun phrase. - A direct object answers WHOM or WHAT questions. 2. Adverb phrase - An adverb phrase may come after an intransitive verb -- v(I). - An adverb phrase may be a prepositional phrase or a simple adverb. - An adverb phrase answers WHEN, WHERE, WHY, HOW questions. 3. Period (.) - A period (.) may come after an intransitive verb -- v(I). 4. Noun or Adjective - A noun or adjective comes after a linking verb -- v(L). - The most common linking verbs are: is, are, was, were - Linking verbs connect the subject with a noun or adjective. 5. TO Verb phrase - A TO verb phrase may come after some verbs. - A TO verb phrase is called an "infinitive phrase." - A TO verb answers WHAT ... TO DO questions. - Verbs like – want, hope, decide, plan – can have TO phrases after them. 6. THAT Noun Clause - A THAT noun clause may come after some verbs. - A THAT noun clause is called a “THAT complement” - A THAT noun clause answers WHAT DID SHE SAY kinds of questions. - Verbs like – say, learn, think – can have THAT clauses after them.