Dative case. Indirect object

  1. The dative case is the case of the indirect object.
  2. The indirect object answers the questions for whom? to whom? to what? and for what?
  3. In English the indirect object can be preceded by the prepositions to and for:
    I gave the book to John. I bought a present for John.
  4. The same sentences can be expressed in English without a preposition:
    I gave John the book. I bought John a present.
  5. The indirect object is a person or thing that benefits from some action.
  6. Not all verbs can have an indirect object.