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About ditransitive verbs

Post by Daniell » Fri Apr 26, 2019 1:18 pm

Question about ditransitive verbs . Hello i try to find some information about which of the ditransitive verbs i can use in this construction Subject + verb +indirect object + direct object . This is the list of the verbs that i mean. accord advance award bring deal feed forward give grant hand lease leave lend loan mail offer owe pass pay play post quote read rent repay sell send serve show sing take leach tell write. Can i use all of them in this construction ?

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Re: About ditransitive verbs

Post by Joe » Sat Apr 27, 2019 6:06 am

With the possible exception of "leach", which has a somewhat technical sense, all the verbs you list can be ditransitive, as in:

They advanced me the money.
She forwarded John the email.
He left her the house.
Tara played him the sonata.

Note that not all verbs might be ditransitive where they have more than one meaning.

See "Ditransitive verbs" near end at:
https://www.englishclub.com/grammar/sen ... -verbs.htm
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Re: About ditransitive verbs

Post by Daniell » Sat Apr 27, 2019 12:03 pm

Thanks a lot !
what about these verbs
book bring build buy cash cook cut design fetch find fix get guarantee keep leave make mix order paint pick play pour prepare reserve save secure set sing spare take win write
I saw that all of them can be used in this construction Subject + verb + direct object + for + indirect object .
Can i use all of them in this way subject +Verb +indirect object + direct object
for example can i say
I build him a house.
I take him socks .
I keep him a letter.
or i have to say
I build a house for him .
I keep a letter for him .
I take socks for him.

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Re: About ditransitive verbs

Post by Joe » Sat Apr 27, 2019 12:19 pm

book him a table (A) OR book a table for him (B)

In general, if A is possible, then B is also possible. Except as noted.

A is always less formal than B.

bring him a coffee
build him a house
buy him a car
cash a cheque for him
cook him a meal
cut the wood for him
cut him some slack
design him a suit (informal)
fetch me the ball
find me my keys
fix the problem for me
get me my socks
guarantee me a result
keep me this seat
leave me some money
make him a chair
mix me a drink
order me a drink
paint me a picture
pick me a tie for me
play me a tune
pour me a drink
prepare me a drink
reserve me a seat
save me some time
secure me a place
set the table for them
sing me a song
spare me your excuses
spare some time for me
take them a bottle
win a holiday for us (win us a holiday - informal)
write me a memo
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Re: About ditransitive verbs

Post by Daniell » Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:32 am

Thanks for your help so much . I have another question but it is associated with different topic.
I will post it separately .

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Re: About ditransitive verbs

Post by Joe » Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:35 am

ok
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