Below is a diagram showing the simple subject, simple predicate, direct object, and indirect object of this sentence:
We bought Ms. Hoo flowers.
Notice that the indirect object (Ms. Hoo) is attached beneath the verb by a slanted line, as though it were a prepositional phrase with the preposition (x) understood, not stated.
Diagram the simple subject, simple predicate, direct object, and indirect object of these sentences.
1. Gus ordered his friend a vanilla shake.
2. Each year the teacher gives his class a lecture on insects.
3. Jen tossed the volleyball.
4. A caring young man found the stray cat a home.
Diagram each word in sentences 1-3.
Diagramming indirect objects is simpler if we think of them as prepositional phrases.
1. We think, "Bach showed the beauty of counterpoint to us." So, we diagram the sentence like this:
2. We think, "Bach gave well-structured music to the baroque era." We diagram it like this:
3. We think, "Jefferson taught to his peers…." So, we diagram the sentence like this:
Diagramming indirect objects requires that we recognize indirect objects in sentences. Write the indirect object(s), if any, from each of the following sentences.