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    object,a real object?

    A subject the first word in a sentence but what is actually an object?
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    Re: object,a real object?

    Hi,
    "An object is a noun or its equivalent towards which the action of the verb is directed" (A.S.Hornby). For example,
    Send this file to me.
    " file" is a direct object, "me" is an indirect object.
    Objects do not always occupy the 2nd place in sentences.

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    Re: object,a real object?

    I can see the direct object but I don't understand why 'me' which isn't a real object at all is an indirect object.
    May I know how you are identifying the indirect objects?


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    Re: object,a real object?

    Hi Fazzu,
    An indirect object is also affected by the verb, but secondarily.
    Send me this file.
    Show us those pictures.
    1. Send what? -the direct object
    Show what? - the direct object
    2. Send it to whom? -the indirect object
    Show them to whom? - the indirect object
    Only transitive verbs can have objects.
    He raised his hand.
    Intransitive verbs can't. They just describe an action which is not directed towards anything.
    He rose from the chair.

    Cheers

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    #5

    Re: object,a real object?

    So the infinitive also act as indirect object at times?


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    Re: object,a real object?

    Mmmm...I am not sure. I can't think of an example. Could you provide any, please? Then I'd tell you.

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    Re: object,a real object?

    Oh Humble, I was talking about the examples in your post.
    2. Send it to whom? -the indirect object
    Show them to whom? - the indirect object
    The word 'to' is an infinitive,right?


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    #8

    Re: object,a real object?

    Hi Fazzu,
    To is a preposition.


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    The indirect object is a noun in the dative case precede by the dative prepositions 'to' or 'for'. 'To' in this case has nothing to do with the infinitive verb form.

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    Re: object,a real object?

    So what is actually an infinitve?Doesn't that also include 'to'?

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