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    Default "to give" vs "to hand out"

    hi,

    in the dialog bellow, is it right to use "to give" as "to hand out"?

    -where are your keys?
    -I have just given it (handed it out) to Mike.

    thanks,
    jc

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    Default Re: "to give" vs "to hand out"

    Since there is more than one key, you would use "them" instead of "it".
    You could say either:
    I just gave them to Mike.
    I just handed them to Mike.

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    Default Re: "to give" vs "to hand out"

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    hi,

    in the dialog bellow, is it right to use "to give" as "to hand out"?

    -where are your keys?
    -I have just given it (handed it out) to Mike.

    thanks,
    jc
    'hand out' means to distribute to a number of people, JC.

    The teacher gave the test papers to a student to hand out to the class.

    There was a man at the corner handing out anti-war leaflets.

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    Default Re: "to give" vs "to hand out"

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    'hand out' means to distribute to a number of people, JC.

    The teacher gave the test papers to a student to hand out to the class.

    There was a man at the corner handing out anti-war leaflets.

    hi,

    is this a particularity of the Canadian English?

    would it be the same if I were in the USA?

    what about this:

    "Could you please give my resume to your boss? He may be interested in having a talk with me! Thanks!"

    thanks,
    JC

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    Default Re: "to give" vs "to hand out"

    It's normal Brit. use too.

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    Default Re: "to give" vs "to hand out"

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    hi,

    is this a particularity of the Canadian English?

    would it be the same if I were in the USA?

    Yes, it surely would, JC.

    what about this:

    "Could you please give my resume to your boss? He may be interested in having a talk with me! Thanks!"

    It's fine.

    thanks,
    JC
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    Default Re: "to give" vs "to hand out"

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    'hand out' means to distribute to a number of people, JC.

    There was a man at the corner handing out anti-war leaflets.
    Hello riverkid,
    I don't want to accept the above sentence.
    What do you want to mean?
    1.There was a man handing out anti-war leaflets at the corner.
    2.At the corner, there was a man handing out anti-war leaflets.
    3.A man was handing out anti-war leaflets.
    I think you modify a man with "handing out anti-war leaflets" and so you must place the v-ing clause behind "a man".
    Hope your reply!
    WM

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    Default Re: "to give" vs "to hand out"

    Quote Originally Posted by whitemoon View Post
    Hello riverkid,
    I don't want to accept the above sentence.
    What do you want to mean?
    1.There was a man handing out anti-war leaflets at the corner.
    2.At the corner, there was a man handing out anti-war leaflets.
    3.A man was handing out anti-war leaflets [at the corner].
    I think you modify a man with "handing out anti-war leaflets" and so you must place the v-ing clause behind "a man".
    Hope your reply!
    WM
    It means all of those, Whitemoon. It cannot possibly mean anything else. You can view it like this, if you wish.

    There was a man standing at the corner [wo was] handing out anti-war leaflets.

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