indirect object


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indirect object

n.
An object indirectly affected by the action of a verb, as me in Sing me a song and turtles in He feeds turtles lettuce.

indirect object

n
(Grammar) grammar a noun, pronoun, or noun phrase indicating the recipient or beneficiary of the action of a verb and its direct object, as John in the sentence I bought John a newspaper. Compare direct object

in′direct ob′ject


n.
a word or group of words representing the person or thing with reference to which the action of a verb is performed, esp. as beneficiary of the action or receiver of the direct object, as the boy in She gave the boy a book.
[1875–80]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.indirect object - the object that is the recipient or beneficiary of the action of the verb
object - (grammar) a constituent that is acted upon; "the object of the verb"
Translations
مَفعول بِه غَيْر مُباشِر
předmět nepřímý
indirekte objekt
complément d’objet indirectobjet indirect
részeshatározó
óbeint andlag
nepriamy predmet
predmet v dajalniku
dolaylı tümleç

indirect object

n (Gram) → Dativobjekt nt

indirect

(indiˈrekt) adjective
1. not leading straight to the destination; not direct. We arrived late because we took rather an indirect route.
2. not straightforward. I asked her several questions but she kept giving me indirect answers.
3. not intended; not directly aimed at. an indirect result.
ˌindiˈrectness noun
indirect object
the word in a sentence which stands for the person or thing to or for whom something is given, done etc. In `Give me the book', `Tell the children a story', `Boil John an egg', me, the children and John are indirect objects.
indirect speech
a person's words as they are reported rather than in the form in which they were said. He said that he would come is the form in indirect speech of He said `I will come'.
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The Afrikaans preposition vir ([is less than] Dutch voor `for') is an optional case marker in animate direct objects and in nominal indirect objects, and it is a preposition in recipient and beneficiary indirect object PPs.
Examples (1) to (3) illustrate instances of juvenile, ungrammatical subject, direct object, and indirect object ellipsis in our database of Hebrew-speaking children at the initial phases of their grammatical development.
direct object--the direct object of a verb receives the action of the verb; compare indirect object
Junghanns/Lenertova observe that this view may be supported by considering the whole KP as abstract dative case functioning as an indirect object whose projection is invisible at LF.
86-87), to show that gender/number marking in the 3rd indirect object was already a marginal phenomenon in OI (pp.
the absence of an indirect object is more natural than its presence.
The fourth common point relevant for the purposes of this paper is prior assignment of semantic roles (also called semantic functions, theta-roles, thematic roles, case roles) to the arguments of a predicate; grammatical relations subject, object or indirect object are assigned only subsequently and play a rather marginal role.
Yet this does not mean there is no uniqueness about the anonymous subject (subject, both in the sense of the subject of the predicates of doing, thinking, and experiencing, and subject in the sense of the direct and indirect object clusters of those predicates).
Thus, the following may be added to the subject predicate sentence pattern: subject, predicate, direct object; subject, predicate, indirect object, direct object; subject, predicate, predicate nominative; and subject, predicate, predicate, predicate adjective pattern.
To complicate things even further, indirect object pronouns are usually redundant in Spanish.
For example, one sometimes finds oneself wasting valuable class time explaining what a subordinate clause or an indirect object is, but a judicious reference to Emily Spinelli's book might well be a better option.
In the next few verses, Mary appears as a direct and indirect object.

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