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.

SEE

 CORPUS/CONVERSATION ON

 THE INDIRECT OBJECT IN A SENTENCE

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