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)?

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

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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 '14 at 14:21 Songibrd New member

Thanks, Songbird! I'm probably being obtuse, but I don't understand why "this" is not the D.O. ("return" what? = D.O.). If that is the case, then is not Tom the "receiver" of the Direct Object and, hence, the I.O.?

cdenni2Jun 19 '14 at 14:03

If you see a preposition then the receiver of the D.O. is the object of the preposition. If you don't see a preposition, then it's the I.O.

JasonD242Jun 28 '16 at 07:31

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