Indirect Object

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for a definition of indirect object see: Indirect Object (definition)

Word order

In Scottish Gaelic, the indirect object must appear after the direct object and must be contained in a prepositional phrase as in (1). The structure paralleling the English Mary gave Bill the book, where the indirect object isn't marked with a preposition and the indirect object precedes the object is ungrammatical (2)


Thug Morag leabhar do Bhill
give.Pst Morag a book to Bill
'Morag gave a book to Bill.'

2. (Ungrammatical!)

*Thug Morag Bill leabhar
give.Pst Morag Bill a book
'Morag gave Bill a book.'

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