Indirect Object or Prepositional Phrase?
In the sentence "I will return this to the store" is "to the store" acting as an indirect object or a prepositional phrase? If a prepositional phrase, how is it different from "I will return this to Tom" (clearly an indirect object)?
There is no indirect object in either sentence.
"I will return this to the store"
Sanjay is correct; " ... to the store" is a prepositional phrase, "to" is the preposition, "the" is a definite article (not an adjective- I think that was just a typo on his part), "store" is the object of the preposition.
"I will return this to Tom"
" ... to Tom" is another prepositional phrase; "to" is the preposition; "Tom" is the object of the preposition (not an indirect object).
I know that you asked this question many months ago, but I thought you might still want clarification.
EDIT: OOOPS! I had a typo in my answer- I apologise!
My sentence should have read: There is no indirect object in either sentence.
Yikes! What a horrible typo to make!
Yes "this" is the direct object in both sentences. :-)
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