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    Indirect Objects

    Hi,

    I've learned that there are some verbs where I can't put the indirect object first like attach, explain, recommend, suggest, install and describe.

    Examples:

    I've attached you a photo. (incorrect)
    I've attached a photo for you. (correct)

    They've suggested me lots of idea. (incorrect)
    The've suggest lots of idea to me. (correct)

    I've been searching to see if there is a list of this type of verb but I can't find one and I don't know if they have a name.

    Can anyone help me?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Indirect Objects

    Quote Originally Posted by Anne59 View Post
    Hi,

    I've learned that there are some verbs where I can't put the indirect object first like attach, explain, recommend, suggest, install and describe.

    Examples:

    I've attached you a photo. (incorrect)
    I've attached a photo for you. (correct)

    They've suggested me lots of idea. (incorrect)
    The've suggest lots of idea to me. (correct)

    I've been searching to see if there is a list of this type of verb but I can't find one and I don't know if they have a name.

    Can anyone help me?

    Thanks!
    First of all, not everyone agrees that your second sentences have an indirect object. Many would call "for you" and "to me" prepositional phrases.
    The difference of opinion comes from Latin where the "indirect object" was marked by a case ending. I think it is simpler to separate an indirect object from a prepositional phrase. Then one can say that some verbs do not take an indirect object. If you accept that, then some verbs are intransitive (take no object), some are monotransitive (take only a direct object), and others are ditransitive (can take a direct and an indirect object, but the indirect object is optional).

    In your examples, the verbs are monotransitive. You might be able to find a list if you Google "monotransitive verbs". But be careful; some verbs that are monotransitive in one use can be ditransitive in other uses.

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    Re: Indirect Objects

    Thank you very much. This is very helpful.

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