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To determine which pronoun to use to replace a noun, you must determine what role the noun is  playing in the sentence. When you want to use a pronoun to replace a noun that is the direct object  of the sentence, however, you must first be able to identify that the noun is the direct object of the  sentence. The  direct object  is the person(s) or things(s) that receive the action of the verb. Not  every sentence has an explicitly stated direct object. If there is an answer to the question “Who or  what is being verbed?” that is the direct object of the sentence.  Direct object of a sentence If there is a direct object in a sentence, there is a very simple way to systematically identify it along  with the subject and verb. It's the following three-step process (the order is important!):  1. To identify the verb of the sentence, ask yourself what action is taking place. 
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