Some verbs, like give and bring can have two different patterns after them:

 

Noun Phrase (Subject) Verb Phrase Noun Phrase
(Direct object)
Prepositional
phrase
She
They
gave
brought
some money
a lot of food
to the old man
for the animals
     >>>>  <<<<
Noun Phrase (Subject) Verb Phrase Noun Phrase
(Indirect object)
Noun Phrase
(Direct object)
She
They
gave
brought
the old man
the animals
some money
a lot of food

These verbs are called double object verbs. When we have two noun phrases after the verb the first noun phrase is the indirect object and the second noun phrase is the direct object.

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Hi,

Can we say: Why don’t you write a letter to explain her?

Best wishes,
Max

Hello Max,

I understand that sentence completely, but it's not grammatically correct. The verb 'explain' always has at least a direct object (e.g. 'She explained the idea') or a direct object and a prepositional phrase acting as an indirect object (e.g. 'She explained the idea to us'), but not just an indirect object (as in your sentence).

If you read the page I linked to above, you'll see a more complete explanation with examples.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello sir,
The sentences which has double object and if the indirect object is next to the main verb,it should be skipped the proposition. Is it correct?
She told him to go home.
In here, "him"is the indirect object and" to"is the preposition.
Could I say,
She told him go home.

Hello dlis,

No, that would not be correct. The 'to' here is part of the infinitive and it is required. This is a reported command - a reported imperative - and the construction is [tell + sb + to verb].

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello sir,
As 8th quiz,
He's buying his son his first car.
Does it sound natural?( I'm not arguing with your sentence). Could be used in general taking? Or
If I say,He's buying his son's first car.is it correct?

Hello dlis,

Both sentences are possible but there is a difference in meaning.

He's buying his son his first car      - this means that the car will be for his son and that his son has not owned any cars before.

He's buying his son's first car      - this could mean the same as the first sentence, but it could also mean that he is buying a car from his son, so it is rather ambiguous.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

can u help me. how to make a correct sentence.

"he did mistake a lot" is this sentence grammatically correct. if this sentence are not correct tell me. how to make, would be help really appreciated.

Hello taj25,

The verb 'make' is used (instead of 'do') with 'mistakes' - we make mistakes. And if there is more than one mistake, then you could say 'He made a lot of mistakes'. Or, if he made only one mistake, but it was an important one, you could say 'He made a big mistake'. 

Does that help?

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

thank you so much your response

Hi Dear Experts,
I have two questions about direct and indirect objects.
first, I've studied in a book (sentence writing simplified by Norwood Selby) that there are four kinds of complements: Direct objects, Indirect Objects,Predicate nominatives and Predicate adjectives;but on the other hand I have heard that subject complements only come after linking verbs(which don't take objects!). I'm confused which one is correct!
And my another question is : " I gave a ring TO MINA." can I call "Mina" here Indirect Object if not,why?. because in sentence "I gave Mina a ring" , Mina is indirect object.

so sooory for my long questions!

best wishes
Mohsen

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