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Indirect Object - Glossary of Terms


Indirect Object

The indirect object of a sentence is the recipient of the verb.  Every sentence must contain a verb.  Most verbs have a direct object (the thing being acted upon).  Some verbs have an indirect object (the recipient).

Examples:

Paula passed the parcel.
(There is no recipient in this sentence. Therefore, there is no indirect object.)
Paula passed her uncle the parcel. ("her uncle" - indirect object)
Paula passed the parcel to her uncle. ("her uncle" - indirect object)
Let him have it. ("him" - indirect object)

Interactive example:

 
Shall I tell the children our ghost story tonight? [show me the indirect object]
 
Associated pages:
 
Direct object
Dative case
Glossary of grammatical terms
 
 

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