Indirect Object  

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An indirect object indicates the aim of the subject's action. It represents the person or thing that is receiving the action. Most of the time it is accompanied by a preposition -para (for), a (to)- and it answers the questions to whom?, or for whom?

María va a comprar un regalo para .
- María is going to buy a present for me.

    What is the direct object? - un regalo
    Who will receive "un regalo"? - yo (mí)
    What is the indirect object? -

"" is the indirect object because it tells us who "un regalo" will be given to.

Another example:

Fue mi novio quien me dio esta pulsera.
It was my boyfriend who gave me this bracelet.

What is the direct object? - esta pulsera
Who received "esta pulsera"? - me
What is the indirect object? - me

"me" is the indirect object because it tells us who "esta pulsera" was given to.

Other examples:
Quiero comprar un amplificador para mi auto.
I want to buy an amplifier for my car.

Los libros son para nosotros.
The books are for us.

Te traje café de Colombia.
I brought you coffee from Colombia.

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