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    #1

    Which one is correct??

    I've seen a lot of people write "GIVE TO ME" instead of "GIVE ME".

    For ex: - "Have you finished reading the book I gave to you last week?"

    Is writing "GAVE YOU" instead of "GAVE TO YOU" incorrect??

    Similarly, I've seen people use "WRITE TO ME" instead of "WRITE ME".

    For ex: - "Thanks for writing to me a letter." AND "Thanks for writing me a letter"

    When they say "I'm gonna write you something", they don't use "TO" in the middle of "WRITE" & "YOU".

    Why is it so??

    Is there a difference between "GAVE TO YOU" & "GAVE YOU"; "WRITE TO YOU" & "WRITE YOU"?

    Thanks in advance

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    #2

    Re: Which one is correct??

    give it to me
    give me it
    give to me it. (some say it is okay - I do not)

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    #3

    Re: Which one is correct??

    Quote Originally Posted by corum View Post
    give it to me
    give me it
    give to me it. (some say it is okay - I do not)
    Who says the third one is okay?

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    #4

    Re: Which one is correct??

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    Who says the third one is okay?
    The fact that we diagram IOs the same way as prepositional phrases suggests (to me) that the prepositon is understood but (obligatorily) omitted. That is how it is idiomatic. We can talk a lot of things into something to suit our arguments, can we not?

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    Re: Which one is correct??

    Quote Originally Posted by corum View Post
    The fact that we diagram IOs the same way as prepositional phrases suggests (to me) that the prepositon is understood but (obligatorily) omitted. That is how it is idiomatic. We can talk a lot of things into something to suit our arguments, can we not?
    I don't understand your answer to 2006, but no one says "Give to me it".

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    Re: Which one is correct??

    Quote Originally Posted by I'm still learning View Post
    I've seen a lot of people write "GIVE TO ME" instead of "GIVE ME".

    For ex: - "Have you finished reading the book I gave to you last week?"

    Is writing "GAVE YOU" instead of "GAVE TO YOU" incorrect??

    Similarly, I've seen people use "WRITE TO ME" instead of "WRITE ME".

    For ex: - "Thanks for writing to me a letter." AND "Thanks for writing me a letter"

    When they say "I'm gonna write you something", they don't use "TO" in the middle of "WRITE" & "YOU".

    Why is it so??

    Is there a difference between "GAVE TO YOU" & "GAVE YOU"; "WRITE TO YOU" & "WRITE YOU"?

    Thanks in advance
    Yes, they're both used, and they mean the same thing.
    "Write me" is American for "Write to me".
    "Give me" is universal. "Give me something = Give something to me".

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    Re: Which one is correct??

    Quote Originally Posted by I'm still learning View Post
    I've seen a lot of people write "GIVE TO ME" instead of "GIVE ME".

    For ex: - "Have you finished reading the book I gave to you last week?"

    Is writing "GAVE YOU" instead of "GAVE TO YOU" incorrect??

    Similarly, I've seen people use "WRITE TO ME" instead of "WRITE ME".

    For ex: - "Thanks for writing to me a letter." AND "Thanks for writing me a letter"

    When they say "I'm gonna write you something", they don't use "TO" in the middle of "WRITE" & "YOU".

    Why is it so??

    Is there a difference between "GAVE TO YOU" & "GAVE YOU"; "WRITE TO YOU" & "WRITE YOU"?

    Thanks in advance
    It's true that the word order makes a difference.

    I gave that book TO you last week.
    Last week, I gave you a book.
    Where's the book I gave you last week?

    I'll write to you next week.
    Thanks for the letter you wrote me.
    Here's the letter I wrote you last year.

    To me, at least, in BrE we used "write to" in the present and the future, but "wrote" without "to" frequently in the past (examples above). I agree with the previous poster who said that AmE uses "write me" instead of "write to me".

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    Re: Which one is correct??

    Quote Originally Posted by corum View Post
    give it to me
    give me it
    give to me it. (some say it is okay - I do not)
    You'll also come across give it me in some regions in the UK.

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    #9

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    Give it me. I like the rhytm. I will adopt it.

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    Re: Which one is correct??

    Quote Originally Posted by corum View Post
    Give it me. I like the rhytm. I will adopt it.
    I wouldn't adopt it for all cases, if I were you. If you use it in a piece of written work, or in a test/exam, you would probably find that it would be marked as wrong. It's a pattern used only in certain parts of the UK.

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