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indirect object

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Definition of indirect object in English:

noun

Grammar
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.
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.

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