How to Know a Direct or an Indirect Object


The direct object is that object which suffers first from the action depicted by the verb.

To distinguish between direct and indirect objects, you should subject the sentence to a TO or FOR transformation, the word that comes after the verb is the direct object. The indirect object comes next after the TO or FOR.



1. (a) I sent him a gift
(b) I sent a gift to him.

2. (a) I brought you good news.
(b) I brought good news to you.

3. (a) She gave the man a kiss.
(b) She gave a kiss to the man.

4. (a) I bought him a car.
(b) I bought a car for him.

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