Definition of indirect object in English:

indirect object

Syllabification: in·di·rect ob·ject


  • 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.
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    • However, some transitive verbs take a prepositional phrase instead of an indirect 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.

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