If a clause is one subject, one verb; (SV.) and there is one clause in this sentence; then what part of speech is "monkeys"? It seems to me it would be another subject.

Mr. Potato Head eats monkeys.


  • "Mr. Potato Head"


  • "eats"
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    It's a noun, the direct object of eats. Jan 8, 2018 at 17:46
  • @StoneyB But what differentiates it from the subject? The fact that the subject comes first, or that it is a "direct object" of the verb (eats)?
    – leeand00
    Jan 8, 2018 at 17:59
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    It is the object primarily because of word position. Also, "Mr. Potato Head" is the only singular noun, so only it may be the subject of "eats" (which requires a singular subject, but can take a singular or plural object).
    – Davo
    Jan 8, 2018 at 18:14
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    @leeand00 The subject performs the action of the verb, the object is affected by the action. In "Jack drives the car" Jack is doing the driving and the car is being driven. In "Mr Potato Head eats monkeys" Mr Potato Head is doing the eating and the monkeys are being eaten.
    – BoldBen
    Jan 8, 2018 at 18:16

2 Answers 2


The subject is the person or thing (Mr. Potato Head) performing the action (eats) and the direct object is the thing/person that the action is directed towards (receives the action = monkeys).

To find the direct object refer to the verb and ask what or who.

e.g. Mr. Potato head eats what? answer = he eats monkeys= direct object.

Also, your whole sentence is a clause because a clause contains a subject and verb.


The phrase, "Mr. Potato Head eats monkeys." contains subject, verb, object, in that order. This is typical of an English sentence in the active voice.

As also noted in comments, Mr. Potato Head is singular, which fits with the verb singuar conjugation of eats, whereas monkeys is plural. And in English you cannot write e.g. Mr. Potato Head eat monkeys., where monkeys is the subject and Mr. Potato Head is the object, nor can you write Monkeys eats Mr. Potato Head, with the subject after the verb (compared with German where you may normally write Mr. Potato Head isst Affen but could also write Affen isst Mr. Potato Head since the grammar rules do allow that).

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