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promise O to inf

Postby TTiger » Wed Jul 24, 2013 6:43 pm

Hi ,

These sentences have two objects respectively : S + V + IO + DO

I promise you to go there. vs. I promise you that I will go there.


Which sentence is grammatical ?

I think "to infinitive" should not be used as 'Direct Object' in the first example.

So it should be replaced with "that clause".

This is my idea. Am I right?

Thanks in advance,
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Re: promise O to inf

Postby Josef » Thu Jul 25, 2013 10:49 am

You can say:

I promise to go there.

OR

I promise you that I will go there.
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Re: promise O to inf

Postby TTiger » Fri Jul 26, 2013 4:05 am

I appreciate your reply , Josef.

Sometimes some grammar books show "promise O to inf" as examples but I couldn't find such sentence usages in any dictionaries.

That has caused me to be confused lately. :roll:

Finally I have come to conclusion that above example is seldom used. :-D

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Re: promise O to inf

Postby Twixtfanatic » Tue Oct 08, 2013 5:33 pm

It is not uncommon to say "I promise to go there" or "I promise you that I will go there." One might also say "I promise I will go there" or "I promise you, I will go there" using a comma. The problem with "I promise you to go there" is that it sounds ambiguous. Are you promising that you will go there, or that the person you are addressing will go there? It might even mean that you make a promise to your subject, and what you are promising exactly is not clear, but you are making this promise IN ORDER TO go there. The other grammatical forms more clearly state the intended meaning.
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