Indirect Object or Prepositional Phrase?

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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)?

asked Oct 30 '13 at 23:51 cdenni2 New member

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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

Thank you, Sanjay, but what I am really wondering about is WHY it is different from "to Tom." Is animacy a necessity for an I.O.? I learned the rule as an I.O. answered the question "to or for someone or Something." Is this no longer true?

cdenni2Nov 06 '13 at 16:55

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