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An indirect object is really a prepositional phrase in which the preposition to or for is not stated but understood. It tells to whom or for whom something is done. The indirect object always comes between the verb and the direct object. Example: She gave me a gift. The indirect object always modifies the verb. It may have modifiers and be compound. It is used with verbs such as give, tell, send, get, buy, show, build, do, make, save, and read. Example: She sent the man and me a gift.
Instructions: Find the verb, direct object, and indirect object in the following sentences.
1. Has Terri shown Jeanne and Barbara her new ring?
2. The new highway saved the travelers several miles.
3. Did the workers give the spies confidential information?
4. Will Jim get us tickets to the game?
5. I bought Ila and Jeff two big pieces of cake.
–For answers scroll down.
1. has shown = verb; ring = direct object; Jeanne/Barbara = indirect objects
2. saved = verb; miles = direct object; travelers = indirect object
3. did give = verb; information = direct object; spies = indirect object
4. will get = verb; tickets = direct object; us = indirect object
5. bought = verb; pieces = direct object; Ila/Jeff = indirect objects