Verbs with Two ObjectsSome verbs have two objects after them, adirect object and an indirect object. Forexample, in the sentence ‘I gave John abook’, ‘the book’ is the direct object. ‘John’ isthe indirect object. Verbs that have twoobjects are sometimes called ‘ditransitive’verbs or ‘double-transitive’ verbs.His uncle had given him books on India.She sends you her love.I passed him the cup.
Verbs with Two ObjectsWhen the indirect object is a pronoun, oranother short noun group such as a noun with‘the’, you put an indirect object in front of thedirect object.Dad gave me a car.You promised the lad a job.He had lent my cousin the money.She bought Dave and me an ice cream.
Verbs with Two ObjectsYou can also use the prepositions ‘to’ and‘for’ to introduce the indirect object. If you dothis, you put the preposition and indirectobject after the direct object.He handed his room key to the receptionist.Bill saved a piece of cake for the children.
Verbs with Two ObjectsWhen the indirect object consists of severalwords, you normally use a prepostion tointroduce it.She taught physics and chemistry to pupils atthe local school.I made that lamp for a seventy-year-oldwoman.
Verbs with Two ObjectsYou often use a prepostion when you want toemphasize the indirect object.Did you really by that for me?
Verbs with Two ObjectsWith some verbs you can only use ‘for’, not‘to’ to introduce the indirect object.book cut makeprepare buy findpaint save cookkeep pour win
Verbs with Two ObjectsThey booked a place for me.He had found some old clothes for thebeggar.The bought a present for the teacher.She painted a picture for her father.
Verbs with Two ObjectsWith some verbs you normally use ‘to’ tointroduce the indirect object.give pay readshow lend postsell teach offerpromise send tellpass
Verbs with Two ObjectsI had lent my motorbike to a friend.Ralph passed a message to Jack.They say they posted the letter to me lastweek.He sold it to me.
Verbs with Two ObjectsNote: You can use ‘for’ with these verbs, but ithas a different meaning. ‘For’ indicates thatone person does something on behalf ofanother person so that the other person doesnot have to do it.His mother paid the bill for him.If you’ re going out, can you post this for me,please?