To figure out whether a verb takes an indirect object, look to see if it’s a two-object verb—a verb that can be followed by both a direct and indirect object.
If you’re still not sure, try this test:
1. Identify the verb in the sentence.
2. Ask yourself, “Who or what is the verb doing something to or for?” The answer is the direct object.
3. Ask yourself, “To or for whom is the verb doing something?” The answer is the indirect object.
Here are some examples of sentences with indirect objects:
He wrote a letter to me.
She gave a gift to her friends.
They showed the movie to us.
I sent a text to him.
Note- some verbs can be followed by either a direct object or an indirect object, but not both. In these cases, the meaning of the verb changes depending on which object you use.
For example, the verb “give” can mean either “to give something to someone” or “to allow someone to have something.”
So, if you say, “I gave my brother a book,” you’re giving the book to your brother. But if you say, “I gave my brother permission to borrow my car,” you’re allowing your brother to borrow the car.
As you can see, indirect objects usually come after the verb, and they are usually nouns or pronouns.