An indirect object is really a prepositional phrase in which the preposition to or for is not stated but understood. It tells to whom or for whom something is done. The indirect object always comes between the verb and the direct object. Example: She gave me a gift. The indirect object always modifies the verb. It may have modifiers and be compound. It is used with verbs such as give, tell, send, get, buy, show, build, do, make, save, and read. Example: She sent the man and me a gift.
Instructions: Find the verb, direct object, and indirect object in the following sentences.
1. Has your boss sent you a notice about the next convention?
2. John read his tiny nephew an exciting story.
3. Our father built the family a redwood picnic table.
4. The doctor sent me a bill for his services.
5. We gave my mother a book for her birthday.
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1. sent = verb; notice = direct object; you = indirect object
2. read = verb; story = direct object; nephew = indirect object
3. built = verb; table = direct object; family = indirect object
4. sent = verb; bill = direct object; me = indirect object
5. gave = verb; book = direct object; mother = indirect object
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