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Clause Pattern: Subject – Verb – Indirect Object – Direct Object (SVOi Od )

Understanding the construction and use of the subject – verb – indirect object - direct object clause pattern

This pattern consists of a subjectSee the glossary definition , a ditransitiveSee the glossary definition verb, an indirect objectSee the glossary definition and a direct objectSee the glossary definition .

  • Many towns and citiessubject have madeditransitive verb thisindirect object the ruledirect object. (O’Neill 2023)

  • Today wesubject callditransitive verb itindirect object a country’s gross domestic product (GDP)direct object. (Messac 2018)

  • But emperor penguins endure it, to giveditransitive verb their chicksindirect object the best start in life direct object. (Younger 2019)

  • Isubject write to someone, or sendditransitive verb themindirect object a program, direct object and they would infallibly receive it when they next logged in. (Zobel 2014)

  • When humans return to the Moon, theysubject will not findditransitive verb it indirect object a dead worlddirect object. (Gorman 2020)

  • Often, manuscriptssubject can giveditransitive verb modern readers indirect object an idea of what particular people in the past wanted to readdirect object. (Farina 2022)

  • Constant practice with spears and bowssubject madeditransitive verb them indirect object deadly fightersdirect object. (Longrich 2020)


    Examples with nominal direct objects

  • The location of these dotssubject tellsditransitive verb scientists indirect object how the atoms are arranged in the moleculedirect object. (Helms 2022)

  • The mix of colors in beach sandsubject tellsditransitive verb you indirect object what kinds of rocks produced itdirect object. (Montgomery 2019)

  • Some adultssubject may tellditransitive verb kids indirect object that drinking caffeine will stunt their growthdirect object. (Temple 2020)

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