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What are indirect objects? How can you find them?
May 23, 2017

May 23, 2017

Here's our little crew on Mother's Day. I was hoping to get a family picture in which all of us were awake, but I didn't have the heart to wake up Lenora for a photo.

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In the last grammar lesson, we covered direct objects, and in this grammar lesson, we'll cover a related topic: indirect objects.

You'll learn what question to ask in order to find indirect objects, you'll see how they are diagrammed, and you'll get a chance to identify indirect objects in sentences.

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Elizabeth O'Brien

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The Indirect Object

In the last newsletter article, you learned about direct objects (DOs).

If you didn't get a chance to read that article, you'll probably want to do that before reading on because indirect objects rely on direct objects.

Quick Refresher

  • Direct objects complete the meaning of certain action verbs. Direct objects are directly affected by the action of the verb.

    The boy kicked the ball. Alice poured lemonade.

  • To find the direct object, ask the following question.

    What/Whom did the (subject) (verb)?

Indirect objects are nouns that tell us for whom/what or to whom/what the action of the verb is done. They are indirectly...

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