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.
More example sentences
- 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.
Definition of indirect object in:
- The British & World English dictionary