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Ditransitive Clauses

Ditransitive clauses are far less common than the three patterns you have already studied. In fact, the ditransitive pattern is only used with verbs related to "giving" or "doing something for someone."

The pattern for this clause is "Subject / Verb / Indirect Object / Direct Object". We represent this pattern like this: (SVOiOd).

  Subject Verb Indirect
Object
Direct
Object

ditransitive
(SVOiOd)

Bob

gave

Judy

flowers.

 

Note the following points:

Study the following examples of ditransitive sentences.

Subject Verb Indirect Object Direct Object
I gave the monkey a banana.
George offered Greta a sandwich.
She baked her grandmother a cake.
They asked me a question.
The accident taught us a lesson.
Mr. Peterson assigned the class homework.
Phillip gave the dog a bone.
Mom read Katie a book.
Nana gave Tim a bath.
Eli poured Mary some water.