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    "You owe me" or "you owe to me"?

    How is it better to say "You owe me" or "you owe to me"? And also can I say "A life for a life" (meaning that someone saved someone other's life and this saved man in his turn must save someone's life)?

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    Re: "You owe me" or "you owe to me"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Marina Gaidar View Post
    How is it better to say "You owe me" or "you owe to me"? And also can I say "A life for a life" (meaning that someone saved someone other's life and this saved man in his turn must save someone's life)?
    You owe me.

    "A life for a life" sounds more like the sort of thing people say in favour of the death penalty - that if you take a life (kill someone) your life should be taken in exchange.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: "You owe me" or "you owe to me"?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    You owe me.

    "A life for a life" sounds more like the sort of thing people say in favour of the death penalty - that if you take a life (kill someone) your life should be taken in exchange.
    Just want to add something -
    1. You owe $100 to me.
    2. You owe me $100

    Both are correct.

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    Re: "You owe me" or "you owe to me"?

    Without the mention of the hundred dollars, though, you owe me is the only possible form for me.

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    Re: "You owe me" or "you owe to me"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Without the mention of the hundred dollars, though, you owe me is the only possible form for me.
    I do agree.

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    Re: "You owe me" or "you owe to me"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Man_From_India View Post
    Just want to add something -
    1. You owe $100 to me.
    2. You owe me $100

    Both are correct.
    Native English speakers would not use #1 to mean the same as #2, Man_From_India. It needs something else, such as 'You owe $100 to me and $50 to my brother'.

    Please state that you are not a teacher in accordance with the forum's Posting Guidelines. Thank you.

    Rover

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    Re: "You owe me" or "you owe to me"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Native English speakers would not use #1 to mean the same as #2, Man_From_India. It needs something else, such as 'You owe $100 to me and $50 to my brother'.

    Please state that you are not a teacher in accordance with the forum's Posting Guidelines. Thank you.

    Rover
    Oh I am sorry Rover. didn't know it.
    Well yes, I am not a teacher.
    But the thing is I didn't get the difference between #1 and #2. Please explain a bit.

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