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

Direct and indirect objects


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.