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    is it "s-v-io-do" pattern?

    i wonder about the pattern of this sentence:

    He said to me that his wife has another another man.
    If I used the verb "told", it would be easier to identify the pattern as s+v+io+do... but if i used the verb "said" it's confusing to say that "me" is an indirect object because of the preposition "to" before the verb "said".
    As I've understood, a preposition never comes before an indirect object in an s+v+io+do pattern... it's only possible to use the preposition before an indirect object if there's s+v+do+io pattern...

    please tell me your ideas...


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    Re: is it "s-v-io-do" pattern?

    Quote Originally Posted by milfe View Post
    i wonder about the pattern of this sentence:

    He said to me that his wife has another another man.
    If I used the verb "told", it would be easier to identify the pattern as s+v+io+do... but if i used the verb "said" it's confusing to say that "me" is an indirect object because of the preposition "to" before the verb "said".
    As I've understood, a preposition never comes before an indirect object in an s+v+io+do pattern... it's only possible to use the preposition before an indirect object if there's s+v+do+io pattern...

    please tell me your ideas...
    (Not a teacher, and a begginer at grammar)

    He said to me = S V A

    that = subordinating conjunction

    His wife has another man = S V O

    I don't see any direct/indirect object. The sentence has two clauses, and 'to me' I would say is an adverbial - 'Who did he say (it) to?', 'He said (it) to me'.

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