indirect object

noun

Definition of indirect object

:a noun, pronoun, or noun phrase that occurs in addition to a direct object after some verbs and indicates the person or thing that receives what is being given or done :the person or thing that the action of a verb is performed for or directed to
  • In the sentences "She bought him a present," "He gave all four walls a new coat of paint," and "Ask me a question," "him," "all four walls," and "me" are indirect objects and "a present," "a new coat of paint," and "a question" are direct objects.
Note: Verbs that can take indirect objects are called ditransitive verbs.

Examples of indirect object in a Sentence

  1. In “He gave me the book,” the direct object is “book” and the indirect object is “me.”

First Known Use of indirect object

1879


INDIRECT OBJECT Defined for English Language Learners

indirect object

noun

Definition of indirect object for English Language Learners

  • grammar : a noun, pronoun, or noun phrase that occurs in addition to a direct object after some verbs and indicates the person or thing that receives what is being given or done


INDIRECT OBJECT Defined for Kids

indirect object

noun

Definition of indirect object for Students

:an object that represents the person or thing that receives what is being given or done
  • The word “me” in “you gave me the book” is an indirect object.

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