1. Some verbs have two objects –an indirect object and a direct object:
|Subject||Verb||Indirect object||Direct object|
|My wife||sent||me||an email|
|He||brought||his mother||some flowers|
|He||cooked||all his friends||a delicious meal|
These clauses have the structure: V + N (indirect object) + N (direct object)
2. We can use a prepositional phrase with to or for with an indirect object:
|Subject||Verb||Direct object||Prepositional phrase|
|My wife||sent||an email||to me|
|He||brought||some flowers||for his mother|
|He||cooked||a delicious meal||for all his friends.|
These clauses have the structure : V + N (direct object) + Prepositional phrase (indirect object)
3. Common verbs with for and an indirect object are:
They booked a table for me at the restaurant.
We made toys for all the children.
4. Common verbs with to and an indirect object are:
He gave his programme to the man sitting next to him.
They sent Christmas cards to all their customers.
5. If the indirect object is a long phrase we normally use to or for:
He showed his ticket to the policeman standing by the door.
We kept something to eat and drink for all the people who arrived late.
6. If the indirect object is a pronoun we normally use the N + V + N + N pattern:
I poured him another drink.
Their mother read them another story.