Consider these sentences:
- We’re going to throw a surprise party for her.
- I’ll get some flowers for Anne.
In (1) for her is a prepositional phrase. Is this instance of for her an adjectival prepositional phrase or an adverbial prepositional phrase? Or is calling it either of those still okay no matter which you choose?
In (2), for Anne is a prepositional phrase. Same question here: Is for Anne an adjectival prepositional phrase or is it an adverbial prepositional phrase? Or are both choices correct?
Do those two sentences mean the same thing as these two respectively mean? Here instead of a prepositional phrase, an indirect object is used instead.
- We’re going to throw her a surprise party.
- I’ll get Anne some flowers.
If (3) and (4) mean the same thing as (1) and (2), would that alter whether the prepositional phrases in the first pair should be analysed as adjectival or adverbial modifying phrases?