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    Default Ditransitive verbs

    Hello,

    I know that we can use both :
    1: John gives Mary the book.
    and 2: John gives the book to Mary.

    Now I need to know which of these two sentences are wrong and why please , :

    1: John gave a new coat of paint to the fence.
    2: John gave the fence a new coat of paint.

    Thank you

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    Default Re: Ditransitive verbs

    None of the sentences that you've presented is wrong. I would say, however, that sentence 2, regarding the fence, is more natural than sentence 1. Look here for information about verbs with two objects. Verbs with two objects

    BTW, am I the only one who's never heard the term ditransitive verbs?

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    Default Re: Ditransitive verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    BTW, am I the only one who's never heard the term ditransitive verbs?
    I had to look it up about a year ago when somebody mentioned the term here, but I had forgotten it again.

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    Default Re: Ditransitive verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    I would say, however, that sentence 2, regarding the fence, is more natural than sentence 1. Look here for information about verbs with two objects.
    Maybe it's a BrE thing, but I think sentence 1 sounds more natural, though both are correct.

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    Default Re: Ditransitive verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    BTW, am I the only one who's never heard the term ditransitive verbs?
    You're not alone
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Default Re: Ditransitive verbs

    Had you heard of tritransitive verbs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Had you heard of tritransitive verbs?
    Surely, you already know the answer to that
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Default Re: Ditransitive verbs

    And what about decatransitive verbs found in an obscure language I have just made up?

    Mind you, ditransitive is a term I have heard often enough.

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