The indirect object complement
Adding more information to the verb.
* This object is not common in a passage as will be the case of the direct object which is used with most of the transitive verbs.
*The indirect object receives the direct object.
*The indirect object cannot occur without the direct object in a sentence.
Example: The coach throws her = an indirect object To who does she throw the ball? =to her
a ball.= direct object. What does the coach throw? = a ball
The sentence now reads: The coach throws her a ball
**THE PERSON OR THING THAT GETS THE DIRECT OBJECT IS THE INDIRECT OBJECT.
examples: /She offers HER a present/ She is giving HER instructions/She administers treatment to THE PATIENT/
***The indirect object may occur before the prepositional phrase with to______ or for _________
Examples: She has prepared breakfast for THE PATIENT/She administers drugs for THE DOCTOR.
NB. *THE INDIRECT OBJECT COMPLEMENT IS IDENTIFIED TO ANSWER THE QUESTION ‘FOR WHO?’, ‘FOR WHAT’, ‘TO WHAT?’ OR ‘TO WHO?’ AND NOT ‘TO WHERE’, ‘TO WHEN’.
He gives the dog water= to what? The dog. (indirect object)/
He slaps her =who?=DIRECT OBJECT/
BUT He sends her daughter to Poland= He sends her daughter= To where? Poland. This case is an adverbial.