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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).


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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