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    verb pattern

    Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelp! Is it ok if I say to offer sb to do sthg
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    Quote Originally Posted by diteveka View Post
    Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelp! Is it ok if I say to offer sb to do sthg
    She offered her husband, who is a plumber, to stop the leakage at the neighbor's.
    She offered her husband to stop the leakage.
    She offered him.
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    Sorry, I don't understand your sentences.

    She offered whose husband? She offered him what?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    She offered his husband's services to the neighbors.

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    Ah. Gotcha. Her husband's, not his husbands.

    I can't say that it reads very naturally. We might offer our spouse's services, but I can't really say we offer our spouse. I can't really go along with this one.
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    Her husband's, not his husbands.


    What would be your answer to the OPs question?

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    I don't like to say "Impossible!" because someone can always come up with something.

    It doesn't sound like a natural pattern to me right now.

    In my opinion, with "offer" what should follow immediately after the verb is what you are offering.

    I offered my husband's plumbing expertise. I offered to lend her my black dress.

    The "to" that would come next isn't an infinitive of purpose ("to fix the leaks") but the recipient of the services.

    I offered my husband's plumbing expertise to my neighbor to help her with her leaky kitchen sink.

    I offered the job to the best candidate.

    However, if you can think of more sentences, let's see if we can fine one in that pattern that does sound natural.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I don't like to say "Impossible!" because someone can always come up with something.
    Agreed. Impossible can be a very dangerous word in this forum.

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