Prepositional phrase vs. Indirect Object
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)?
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? Thanks.
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