Does the following sentence have any indirect objects? If so, where?: She gave me a gift.

Jun 27, 2018

Yes, the sentence has an indirect object and it is me.

Explanation:

Indirect objects are nouns that receive the direct object.

To find one in a sentence, find the direct object, and then ask, "Who was given the direct object?"

Here are some example sentences. The indirect objects are colored $\textcolor{b l u e}{\text{blue}}$, and the direct objects are colored $\textcolor{g r e e n}{\text{green}}$.

• My grandmother passed $\textcolor{b l u e}{\text{Maddie}}$ the $\textcolor{g r e e n}{\text{box}}$ of tissues.
$\rightarrow$ the grandmother passed the box to who? To Maddie, so "Maddie" is the indirect object.

• He gave the $\textcolor{b l u e}{\text{poor}}$ all of his $\textcolor{g r e e n}{\text{money}}$.
$\rightarrow$ He gave his money to who? The poor, so "poor" is the indirect object.

In your sentence, there is an indirect object:

• She gave $\textcolor{b l u e}{\text{me}}$ a $\textcolor{g r e e n}{\text{gift}}$.
$\rightarrow$ She gave the gift to who? Me, so "me" is the indirect object.