Asked • 08/01/19

Subject, verb, direct object, object complement versus "subject, verb, indirect object, direct object"?

Reading _English Grammar_ (HarperCollins College Outline, published by HarperResource, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers) I found a chapter (_Sentence Basics_) that explains that in English there are different sentence patterns; in particular - Subject, verb, direct object, object complement - Subject, verb, indirect object, direct objectThe chapter reports the following example for the patterns:> Alice called Charles Professor Miller. > Alice gave Charles the rabbit.What is the difference between the two kind of sentences? What is the difference between the object complement in the first case, and the indirect object in the second case?PS: The question, which could appear silly, comes from the fact in my first language there is only the object complement.

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Courtney D. answered • 08/04/19

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