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Ihn möchte ich ein Geschenk geben.

Is this correct? Like when we have stress in Ihn as direct object can we write it in such way.
Mostly I have seen

Ich möchte ihm ein Geschenk geben.

But what if stress is in person we are giving to then can it be

Ich möchte ihn ein Geschenk geben.

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    When discussing German, thinking in direct/indirect object categories will only confuse, never help you. You have to know which case goes with objects of the verb. Many verbs first take an accusative object, then a dative object, but nearly as many verbs take a dative object only. And there's two dozen verbs which take a genitive object, half a dozen which take two accusative objects and another half a dozen which take a "nominative object" in some situations. And these three latter groups are common verbs. – Janka Oct 31 '18 at 13:24
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Yes, you can place the dative pronoun at the beginning of your sentence. However, it has to be "Ihm" (dative) instead of "Ihn" (accusative).

So you can either say

Ich möchte ihm ein Geschenk geben.

or

Ihm möchte ich ein Geschenk geben.

if you want to stress who you want to put the emphasis on the recipient of the present.


Ich möchte ihn ein Geschenk geben.

and

Ihn möchte ich ein Geschenk geben.

are always wrong because the recipient has to be in the dative case.

Who are you giving it to? -> dative case -> ihm

What are you giving? -> accusative case -> ein Geschenk

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