Is there a rule out there that says the indirect object is placed before the direct object if it is a pronoun? I read in on another post, and don’t understand it. Before you say to comment on that post, I did and was told to post another question. Here’s the link Order of prepositions It is found in sanders’ answer

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In general, if the direct object is a pronoun, a prepositional phrase is preferred to an indirect object.

This is acceptable use of her as the indirect object:

He gave her the book.

This form is not commonly used:

He gave her it.

It is better as:

He gave it to her.


They fed the lion Ignatius.


They fed the lion him.


They fed him to the lion.

[By Acceptable, I refer to grammar only.]

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