ditransitive verb

ditransitive verb
A verb that requires (in the unmarked form) both a direct object and an indirect object so as to be grammatical.

Example: give requires both a gift and a receiver, as in give the dog a bone. Neither give the dog nor give a bone are grammatically complete.

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