Daily Grammar

Lesson 194

Parts of the Sentence - Indirect Objects

An indirect object is really a prepositional phraseA prepositional phrase starts with a preposition, ends with an object, and may have modifiers between the preposition and the object of the preposition.
Source: Lesson 180
in which the preposition to or for is not stated but understood. It tells to whom or for whom something is done. The indirect object always comes between the verb and the direct objectA direct object receives the action performed by the subject. The verb used with a direct object is always an action verb. Another way of saying it is that the subject does the verb to the direct object.
Source: Lesson 106
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Example:
She gave me a gift. (indirect object)
She gave to me a gift. (prepositional phrase)

The indirect object always modifies the verb. It may have modifiers and be compound. It is used with verbs such as give, tell, send, get, buy, show, build, do, make, save, and read.

Example:
She gave the man and me a gift. (indirect objects)
She gave to the man and to me a gift. (prepositional phrases)

Instructions: Rewrite the following sentences so each has an indirect object.

1. I asked an important question of my mother.

I asked my mother an important question.

2. Grandpa read the nursery rhymes to the grandchildren.

Grandpa read the grandchildren the nursery rhymes.

3. She bought a new dress for herself.

She bought herself a new dress.

4. He did a great favor for the whole town.

He did the whole town a great favor.

5. The artist showed his most famous painting to the viewers.

The artist showed the viewers his most famous painting.

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