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.

Exercise

Comments

hi
i cannot understand 7-9-11-10-12

Hi,
Have you clicked on 'check answers' to see the correct version?
Best wishes,
Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

Can you help me? Are the two following versions containing a clause possible?
They wanted to sho the English whta it was like ...
They wanted to show to the English what it was like ...
Thanks. Sigrid

Hello Sigrid,
The first one is OK, but not the second. However, you could say 'They wanted to show what it was like to the English.'
Best wishes,
Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks a lot. Your answer was very helpful. I couldn't find any examples in the grammar books/ sections I consulted that had an object-clause instead of a direct object..
By the way, sorry about the typing mistakes.

Hi The grammar exercises are great. Though I still make mistakes, I am happy to learn new things. I have some problems with speaking, I guess chats with native speakers will help me, but there is not a such thing here. It would be great to talk to someone about the given themes and to use the given vocabulary. Thanks

I have few questions about
1. He bought some her flowers. - My answer
 "He bought her some flowers." - The answer
 7. Why don't you write  a letter to explain her? - My answer
     Why don't you write her a letter to explain? - The answer
8. He is his first son buying his car. - My answer
    He's buying his son his first car. - The answer 
What the problems with my answers???
                            Thanks so much!!!!!

91 %

Hello,
Is it possible to use "Give me it" for "Give it to me"?
With regards,

Hi Aung Thet Naing,
Yes, that is correct: in this case, me is the indirect object and it is the direct object.
Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Pages