Before you can effectively write using the English language, or even analyze how others use writing effectively, you need to be familiar with the basic parts and components of the English language. I know grammar isn’t your favorite subject to study and learn (hey, it isn’t my favorite either), BUT knowing and being able to identify these smaller component of your own language will allow you to write more effectively and assess and improve your own writing as the year progresses.

This week we will be examining how to correctly diagram indirect objects.

Indirect objects are nouns of pronouns that recieve the direct object. This means that you have only have an indirect object in a sentence if you have a direct object.

 The baby kicked me the ball. 

In this sentence the ball is receiving the action of the verb ‘kicked’, making it the direct object. The pronoun me is recieving the direct object the ball, making it the indirect object.

Diagramming indirect objects requires you to remember that they are not only receiving the direct object, but are also the understood object of a preposition. Sound confusing? Its not, I promise!

Look a the sentence  The baby kicked me the ball. 

Another way to phrase this sentence is The baby kicked the ball to me.

When you diagram indirect object, do so as it they were the object of a preposition, and put an (x) where the understood preposition would go.

Try practicing with the following sentences:

  1. Could you bake me a cake?
  2. Natalie bought her elderly grandmother flowers.
  3. OH NO! Amazon sent me the wrong book!
  4. Patrick and Bob gave Rupert pygmies goat.
  5. The flight attendant handed Alex a puke-bag.