English/Word Functions/Indirect Objects
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We gave the teacher our tests.
In the above sentence we is the subject of the sentence, our tests is the direct object (the thing that was given), and the teacher is the indirect object. This is because the teacher took the tests (receiving the action), but was not the thing given (our tests).
Indirect objects are often used in sentences with verbs like tell, give, ask, buy, sell and many other common verbs.