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A verb in English that can take two objects, like give, as in "He gave his mother a bunch of flowers". Here "his mother" is the indirect object and "a bunch of flowers" is the direct object. The same sentence can also be expressed as "He gave a bunch of flowers to his mother", with the direct and indirect objects in the opposite order, and the indirect object marked by the preposition "to". The preposition in such cases is usually "to", or "for" (as in "He bought his mother a bunch of flowers" = "He bought a bunch of flowers for his mother."

Bitransitive verbs can appear with just one or even no syntactic objects ("I gave two dollars", "I gave at the office") - their distinguishing characteristic is that they can have two objects, unlike intransitive and transitive verbs.

Here is an incomplete list of ditransitive verbs in English.


Source : UNWS Natural Language Processing Dictionary