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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I want to know clear explanation of sentence structure, phrase order.

Hello uthirapathi,

I'd suggest you look at our sentence structure page. After reading it, if you have any questions, please ask them there. The more specific your question is, the better we can answer it.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi,
Which of them more practical and common in spoken English when we have got a verb with double objects?
N+V+Direct obj+ Prepositional phrase or N+V+in direct obj+ direct obj
or it depends on verbs?

Hello rita7,

There are a few verbs, such as explain, describe, suggest, carry and take, that always take the form with a prepositional phrase and not the other, but otherwise both are used extensively. Perhaps the form with the preposition phrase is a bit more used in more formal contexts and the other form slightly more common in informal contexts, but both are very common.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

thanks a lot dear Kirk. It was totally complete and helpful.

Hi:
I want ask about Indirect object is it must be Noun Phrase
is Prepositional phrase in this sentence
(She gave some money to the old man )
function as post modifier only

Hello nkmg,

Yes, the prepositional phrase must come after the noun. That means the correct word order is:

She gave some money to the old man.

It is not correct to say

She gave to the old man some money.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello peter :

In this sentence
( She gave some money to the old man). some money is the indirect object & ( to the old man ) is post modifier where is the direct object here?

Hello nkmg,

In this sentence 'some money' is the direct object. The indirect object is 'the old man', which is found in a prepositional phrase.

You can see this more clearly, perhaps, if you change the word order:

She gave the old man some money.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Dear teacher, i hope you are doing well, i need your help urgently, can you please show me where the word order context in this site, i can not find, i need (compound) complicated word order for building the correct sentence. because my biggest weakness is not to build correct sentences in order

best regards

your student :)

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