- 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.
Examples of indirect object in a Sentence
In “He gave me the book,” the direct object is “book” and the indirect object is “me.”
Recent Examples of indirect object from the Web
Four different cases in Old English tell you whether a word is a subject, direct object, indirect object or possessor.
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INDIRECT OBJECT Defined 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
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