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  1. Yourjones
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    She threw the ball at me

    Hello

    Is "me" or "at me" the indirect object in the sentence "She threw the ball at me"? I understand "the ball" is the (direct) object.

    According to my knowledge, the "me" in "He told me a story" is a proper indirect object.

    Thanks.

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    http://www.grammar-monster.com/gloss...ect_object.htm
    Having read the above, I consider 'me' to be the indirect object, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: She threw the ball at me

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

    Hello, YourJones:

    In my opinion:

    1. "He threw the ball to me." = We were playing baseball, and he threw the ball to me as part of the game. ("ball" is the direct object; "me" is the object of the preposition "to.")

    2. "He threw the ball at me." = He is a very bad person, for he was trying to hurt me with that ball.

    3. "He threw me the ball."

    a. "Me" is an indirect object.
    b. This is another way to say sentence #1.

  3. Yourjones
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    Re: She threw the ball at me

    Thanks a lot! However, in "He threw the ball at me", what is the "at me"? Is it an adverbial?

    Thanks.

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    Re: She threw the ball at me

    I think 'at me' is an adverbial prepositional phrase modifying the verb 'threw', but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: She threw the ball at me

    Thank you so much! I understand there are different purposes for adverbial phrases, but what is it of this instance? Does it modify the "direction" of the verb? I am sorry if my question does not make sense.

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    Re: She threw the ball at me

    I think the prepositional phrase describes the direction, but I am not a teacher.

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