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    Are there objects in this sentence?

    The student is putting her notebook on the desk.


    is "her notebook" a direct object and "the desk" an indirect object? Or we can only talk about nouns here (notebook and desk) ?

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    Re: Are there objects in this sentence?

    "Notebook" is the direct object. There is no indirect object.

    "On the desk" is a prepositional phrase. "Desk" is the object of the preposition "on."

    The prepositional phrase acts as an adverb modifying the verb "is putting."

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    Re: Are there objects in this sentence?

    I agree mostly, but think of the desk as a reasonably indirect object, as on is a preposition like to.

    Compare: He is giving his book to the teacher.

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    Re: Are there objects in this sentence?

    Thank you! Your time is greatly appreciated.
    This may sound silly but when we identify the object "notebook" do we need to take the possesive adjective into consideration?

    In other words, is the noun "notebook" the direct object? Or "her notebook" together is the direct object? When we identify do we need to take only the noun into consideration?

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    Re: Are there objects in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    I agree mostly, but think of the desk as a reasonably indirect object, as on is a preposition like to.

    Compare: He is giving his book to the teacher.
    There is no indirect object in that sentence, either. There's just another prepositional phrase. The fact that the meaning of that sentence is identical to 'He is giving the teacher a book' is not relevant to the structure of the sentence.

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    Re: Are there objects in this sentence?

    Thanks for that 5jj, I guess I am thinking in French. Why you wouldn't call 'teacher' an object, in addition to being part of a prepositional phrase, escapes me though.

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    Re: Are there objects in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Thanks for that 5jj, I guess I am thinking in French. Why you wouldn't call 'teacher' an object, in addition to being part of a prepositional phrase, escapes me though.
    For me, it is because an indirect object is not a prepositional phrase. In that sentence, "to the teacher" acts as an adverb modifying the verb. Indirect objects are not modifiers. Lumping the two together just confuses people.

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    Re: Are there objects in this sentence?

    I read that indirect objects are usually people. But this is not always true, right? Here is another one:

    I'm bringing fish home from the store.

    Is "home" the indirect object, right? and "fish" the direct object?

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    Re: Are there objects in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by zoltankr View Post
    I read that indirect objects are usually people. But this is not always true, right? Here is another one:

    I'm bringing fish home from the store.

    Is "home" the indirect object, right? and "fish" the direct object?
    No. "Fish" is the direct object. Home is an adverb. It tells you where the fish are being brought.

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    Re: Are there objects in this sentence?

    I was curious so I looked at various grammars, and some are categorical about the distinction, while others assert exactly what I thought by analogy with French -- that indirect objects are often found within prepositional phrases. Perhaps it's a matter of debatable viewpoints.

    Subjects and objects in English - article | Onestopenglish

    The Indirect Object

    In any case it is clear that indirect objects undergo some effect due to the verb and its object, so we are in general agreement here.

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