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 predictions of the categorical ECP-related approach for these are rather dependent on a range of other assumptions, such as the relationship between an indirect object and its subcategorizing verb, and the status of adjuncts.
This essay presents a description of the Spanish American usage of leismo, that is, the use of the pronoun le, normally an indirect object pronoun in Spanish America, as a direct object pronoun referring to a person, usually masculine, as for example, in "A Juan le vi ayer" 'John, I saw [him] yesterday'.
a short indirect object is more natural than a long indirect object.
and why should another potential object be demoted to indirect object -- rather than, say, oblique (as allegedly in (4b))?
Yet, vir ons in (3a) could, under certain circumstances, also be a PP, since in Dutch an indirect object PP may also precede the DO, instead of following it.
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.
1) The languages typically express an indirect object as an oblique argument headed by a prepositional phrase (2).
If there are three arguments, however, the indirect object is promoted to a position where it, rather than the object, engenders absolutive suffixes on the verb.
Rather than the traditional concepts of direct and indirect object, the processing instruction group was exposed to the notion of cause and experiencer and how the nature of the cause determines the syntactic structure of the sentence.
A similar deduction involving the verb say cannot be formulated because equal valency of the verb, namely +/- indirect object, obtains both outside and inside reported speech.
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.
Grammatically, it is closely connected to "overheard," which modifies it, and to "begin," of which it is the indirect object.

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