Position of direct and indirect objects

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The sequence in which direct and indirect objects appear in a sentence depends on their being either a noun or a pronoun:
• If there are two nouns, the indirect object (in the dative case) comes before the direct object (accusative):
Er kauft seiner Frau (indirect object) einen Ferrari.
(direct object) He buys his wife a Ferrari.
• When a noun appears together with a pronoun, the pronoun always precedes the noun, regardless of the case:
Er kauft ihn (dir. obj.) seiner Frau. (ind. obj.)
He buys it for his wife. Er kauft ihr (ind. obj.)
einen Ferrari. (dir. obj.)
He buys her a Ferrari.

• If both objects appear as pronouns, the direct object comes first:
Er kauft ihn (dir. obj.) ihr. (ind. obj.) He buys it for her.

Starting the sentence with an object

In order to shift the emphasis in a sentence, the direct or indirect object can become the first element:
Wir schicken die Rechnung nächste Woche. → Die Rechnung schicken wir nächste WocheWir schicken die Rechnung nächste Woche. → Die Rechnung schicken wir nächste Woche