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)?
I will return this to the store. is a prepositional phrase. In the phrase, "to the store", to is a preposition, the is an adjective and store is an object of the preposition "to".
I will return this to Tom. I will return this to "Whom"? So "Tom" is an indirect object in this sentence.
|link||answered Oct 31 '13 at 03:51 Sanjay Expert|
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. :-)
|link||edited Jun 27 at 14:21 Songibrd New member|
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