there. I stumbled upon this sentence: The charity gave them money to help them purchase a house. While trying to analyse it, I met some problems related to the verb "to help". My first thought when looking at this sentence is that "them" must function as indirect object, since they are the ones benefitting from the action/fulfilling the roles as recipients. But as far as I know, a transitive verb must have a direct object in order to have an indirect object. I tried checking it up, but the only thing i find, is that "to help" requires a structure verb + (someone) + to-infinitive/in + present participle/with + something. Does anyone have a good answer to this???
The charity gave them money [to help them [purchase a house]].
If there's only one object in a clause it is always a direct object.
In this example the matrix clause (the whole sentence) has "money" as direct object and "them" as indirect object. The embedded subordinate clause (in outer brackets) is an adjunct and has "them" as direct object of "help".
The further subordinate clause (in inner brackets) is complement (not object) of "help" and has "a house" as direct object of "purchase".