- Some verbs can have two objects after them, a direct object and an indirect object.
- When the indirect object is a pronoun or a short noun group you put the indirect object in front of the direct object.
Mother bought me a new dress.
I promised my granddaughter an ice cream.
- You can also use the prepositions "to" and "for" to introduce the indirect object. In this case the direct object comes first, and the indirect object comes second.
The woman handled the room key to the receptionist.
I have saved some cake for the children.
- With some verbs you can only use "for" or "to".
he booked a place for me.
She painted a picture for us.
I bought flowers for mum.
I lent my bike to a friend.
He sold his camera to John.
John passed the book to me.
Note: You can use “for” with the verbs from the second box, but it has a different meaning. “For” indicates that one person does something on behalf of another person, so that the other person doesn’t have to do it.
My mother paid the bill for me.
If you ’re going out, can you post the letter for me ?
36 "For" or “to"?
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