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give someone something vs give something to someone

Hi everybody!

I know they are two ways to say the same, but I'm not sure they work in the same field

I'd like to know if any of them sounds better or fix better in formal or informal conversation

thanks for your collaboration! 

Feb 11, 2015 8:06 PM
Comments · 4

Sometimes you choose one form over the other on the basis of the relative length or complexity of the objects.


For example :

He gave me an absolutely fascinating but mind-bogglingly complex book about astrophysics.

as opposed to:

I gave the book to a stunningly beautiful but totally idiotic woman I'd met at a cocktail party.


In the first sentence you put the indirect object before the direct object because the direct object is long and complex. In the second, you do the opposite.

February 11, 2015

I think you can use them interchangeably and I can't think of an instance where one can better used than the other.

February 11, 2015

thank you both very much!

February 11, 2015

@Sergio Check this out. This will probably help you.

February 11, 2015
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