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Prepositional Phrases as Indirect Objects
From Pinocchio, The Tale of a Puppet
By C. Collodi
     In a sentence such as "He gave the flower to June," some grammarians consider "to June" to be an adverbial phrase that modifies "gave." Others consider "to June" to be a prepositional phrase that functions as an indirect object of "gave." Either explanation is acceptable.

Part One:

Directions:
1. Underline verbs twice, their subjects once, and label complements (PA, PN, IO, or DO).
2. Place parentheses ( ) around each prepositional phrase. Draw an arrow from the preposition to the word that the phrase modifies, and above the phrase write “Adj” for “adjective” or “Adv” for “adverb.”
3. Write "IO" above phrases that can be explained either as an indirect object and/or as an adverb.

1. I should take the gold pieces to my father.

2. I will give them to you willingly.

3. I will immediately buy for my papa a beautiful new cloth coat.

4. He was going to give the piece of wood to his friend.

5. I intend to make a drum with it for the band of my village.

6. Where could you find a better country for us boys?

7. Go back and take the four sovereigns that you have left to your poor father.

8. He was building a little boat for himself, to cross the ocean.

9. The little chicken said to him: "A thousand thanks, Master Pinocchio!"

10. The Cat bit off one of her fore paws and threw it to that poor beast 

that he might appease his hunger.


Part Two:
On separate paper, rewrite each of the sentences, but replace the prepositional phrases with normal indirect objects.