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I have seen a few people say that indirect objects that are in the form of a pronoun should be placed before the direct object in a sentence. Why is that? I didn’t know it mattered. For example:

“I gave him the movie while you were gone” Versus “I gave the movie to him while you were gone”

And any similar, better examples.

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Both sentences are correct and present an indirect object.

  1. The most common way to introduce an indirect object is following the pattern of the first sentence.

Subject + Transitive Verb + Indirect Object + Direct Object.

  1. The other way is also the pattern of the 2nd sentence you posted.

Subject + Transitive Verb + Indirect Object + to/for + Object of the preposition (which is also the indirect object)

NOTE: Sometimes, the indirect object will follow a preposition like to or for.

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