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
Bob gave Judy Flowers.


Note the following points:

Study the follwoing examples of ditransitive sentences.

Subject Verb Indirect Object Direct Object
I gave Judy Flowers.
I gave the monkey a banana.
George offered Greta a sandwich.
She baked her grandmother a cake.