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    I wrote a letter to him. Is ' to him' the indirect object? Shouldn't it be the object

    I wrote a letter to him. Is ' to him' the indirect object? Shouldn't it be the object of the prep.?





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    Re: I wrote a letter to him. Is ' to him' the indirect object? Shouldn't it be the ob

    Quote Originally Posted by Yura Reiri View Post
    I wrote a letter to him. Is ' to him' the indirect object? Shouldn't it be the object of the prep.?





    Thank you!

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****



    Hello, Yura Reiri:

    (1) Let's analyze your sentence : I + wrote + a letter + to him.

    (a) You are 100% correct, most books (not all) say that there is

    NO indirect object in your sentence. "To him" is a prepositional

    phrase ("to" is the preposition; "him" is the object of the preposition

    "to"). The prepositional phrase modifies/ refers to/ belongs to the

    verb "wrote."

    What did you write? A letter (the direct object).

    To whom did you write the letter? To him (a prepositional phrase that

    modifies the verb "write").

    NOTE: Yes, some teachers want to make this matter easier, so they

    call "to him" the indirect object, but most books and teachers do NOT.

    On a test, you must, of course, give the teacher the answers that he

    expects!!!


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    I wrote him a letter. Now you have a real indirect object: him.

    Remember that a real indirect object does NOT follow a preposition.

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    Many times (NOT always) you have a choice: a real indirect object

    or a prepositional phrase:

    I baked Mona a cake./ I baked a cake for Mona.



    I sent Mona some flowers. / I sent some flowers to Mona.

    I asked Mona a question./ I asked a question of Mona.

    James

    P.S. If you do not understand my answer, just start a new

    thread (with another example sentence). There are some

    wonderful teachers and non-teachers here who can answer

    your question better than I.

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    Re: I wrote a letter to him. Is ' to him' the indirect object? Shouldn't it be the ob

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    If you do not understand my answer, just start a new nthread (with another example sentence). There are some wonderful teachers and non-teachers here who can answer your question better than I.
    No need. You have covered it.
    Last edited by 5jj; 29-Jun-2011 at 13:59. Reason: typo

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    Re: I wrote a letter to him. Is ' to him' the indirect object? Shouldn't it be the ob

    Quote Originally Posted by Yura Reiri View Post
    I wrote a letter to him. Is ' to him' the indirect object? Shouldn't it be the object of the prep.?





    Thank you!
    Prepositional object it is. See the correspondence:

    I wrote a letter to him. (him = object of 'to'; to him = prep. object, aka oblique object)
    I wrote him a letter.

    , and the lack of it:

    He suggested me to leave.
    He suggested to leave to me.

    He explained this to me.
    ? He explained me that. --acceptable to some natives

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