Topic: Indirect Object

These resources relate to the grammatical function Indirect Object. The Indirect Object is found in more complex clause patterns with two Objects, and typically identifies a recipient. An example is Lisa in We sent Lisa a birthday card. These resources look at examples of these clause patterns and the meanings they allow us to express.

Identify the Indirect Object

Find the Indirect Object in a range of examples

Identify the Indirect Object in each of the following clauses. Click on the word (or words) that comprise the Indirect Object of each clause to select or deselect them.

Indirect Object

Consider the following example. Here we have two noun phrases which follow the Predicator (the verb).

  • I’ll give [you] [the school’s number]. [W2F-020 #192]

Can you see how they build up the meaning of the clause? Both noun phrases refer to participants in the situation of ‘giving’, but the participants have different roles.

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