Whom: direct or indirect object?

Especially in these two sentences:
The person to whom I kicked the ball
The person whom I kicked

1 Answer
Feb 28, 2016

Answer:

Direct and indirect objects

Explanation:

By remembring the simple formula you can easily figure out direct and indirect objects
For Direct object the formula is what or who ?
Indirect object is recipient or affected of direct object. The formula used is to whom,for what,for who
lets examine your sentences now
1. The person to whom i kicked the ball.
ask yourself a question who you kicked the ball?
the answer is the person so the person is direct object here .
2 . The person whom i kicked.
Ask yourself another question
To whom you kicked ?
the person (indirect object)
hope this helps thanks.