5-4 Indirect Objects & Prepositions

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Remember the difference between an indirect object and a prepositional phrase?

We do not use the word "to" with an indirect object.  Although "to" maybe looked at as an indirect object, it is a prepositional phrase.  Look at the two sentences below.

Hank gave John the ball.

Hank gave the ball to John.

Both sentences mean the same thing.  However, the first sentence uses "John" as an indirect object, while the second sentence uses "to John" as a prepositional phrase.

When you look for indirect objects, be careful of prepositional phrases.

Type the indirect object or the prepositional phrase in the blank below.

John bought Jill candy.

Mom gave money to Kevin.

The doctor prescribed Mac pills.

The nurse changed sheets on the bed.

The captain flew the plane into the storm.

The President ordered troops home.

The Mexican government sent President Bush gifts.

The pastor gave Julie hope.

The American government sent money to Israel.

The florist sent Annette roses.



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Indirect Object or Prepositional Phrase