Adding more information to the verb.
*Immediately after the transitive verb, ask the question who, what. Eg The angel likes…who/what = The response given is the direct object.
Now use this question after the verb to tell me from your answer which is the direct object complement.
direct objects can be:
* a noun: The boy nun receives the coin./ The Reverend Sister covers her hair/ Give me 4 other examples.
*A clause: The cow hates what the monkey is eating/ The Reverend sister lacks what to eat./ She prepared me something to eat.
*a pronoun: The angel blesses her
Role in the sentence: Adding information to the verb eg /receive a guest, receive words/ treat a patient, treat files/
NB. *THE DIRECT OBJECT COMPLEMENT IS STRICTLY IDENTIFIED TO ANSWER THE QUESTION ‘WHAT’ OR ‘WHO’ NOT ‘WHERE’, ‘WHEN’.
He drinks water=what/ He slaps her =who/ BUT He visits Australia.=where. This case is an adverbial.
*Also worthy of note is the fact that subject complements are confused for direct objects. Eg: Joe is a teacher.