OK, grammar nerds where shall we start? I suppose we can forgive the unforgivable: ending a sentence with a preposition. But may we forgive the absence of the correct modifier for the word “thankful”?

We’ll hear this phrase dozens of times this week, and we will respond with all the blessings we realize in our lives. “I am thankful for …” And I for one am thankful we Americans still pause in late November to express an attitude of gratitude. I heard this sentiment Sunday, “It’s not that happy people are grateful, but that grateful people are happy.”  

My point in this blog is that thankfulness, gratefulness, even agreeableness, although important, only go so deep without the correct modifier. Being grateful for all the blessings in my life is refreshingly humble, but the sentence leaves vacant the direct object of my thankfulness.unknown

And for you grammar nerds, which word is the direct object in this diagramed sentence?


More about the DIRET OBJECT in part 3, tomorrow.