One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A noun phrase referring to someone or something that is affected by the action of a transitive verb (typically as a recipient), but is not the primary object (e.g. him in give him the book).Compare with direct object
- ‘Using a straight news story, circle all the direct objects in blue, the indirect objects in red, and the objects of prepositions in green.’
- ‘And Russian is a case language so they also had to differentiate between direct and indirect objects.’
- ‘However, some transitive verbs take a prepositional phrase instead of an indirect object.’
- ‘I tried not to think about anything but our direct and indirect objects review for the rest of class.’
- ‘Yes, I didn't know what the difference between a direct and an indirect object was until I was in my 20s.’
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