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    Usage of the word "to"

    Hello All,

    Today's question!

    1. Explain me the problem.

    2. Explain to me the problem.

    1. Send me an email.

    2. send an email to me.


    This highlighted statements above is what I have issues with. Are they both correct?

    If "explain me" is grammatically incorrect "send me" should also me incorrect.

    If not, please explain, how?

    Thank you for your help in advance!

    Titus Andrews
    Last edited by stitusandrews; 25-May-2010 at 16:56. Reason: Please help, someone!!!

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    Re: Usage of the word "to"

    Quote Originally Posted by stitusandrews View Post
    Hello All,

    Today's question!

    1. Explain me the problem.

    2. Explain to me the problem. No, it is .

    3. Explain the problem to me.

    1. Send me an email.

    2. Send an email to me.


    This highlighted statements above is what I have issues with. Are they both correct? yes

    If "explain me" is grammatically incorrect "send me" should also me incorrect. no
    If not, please explain, how?
    You can 'send me something, but you cannot 'explain me something'. You can only 'explain something to me'.

    It's just due to the meaning of "explain me". "explain me" means something like 'describe and analyze the way I am/act/think'.
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    Re: Usage of the word "to"

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
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    I think that many speakers here in the United States say something like:

    Would you please explain TO ME what the problem is?

    Is this "bad" English?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Usage of the word "to"

    What if i implement the same rule with "send me" as it was done for "explain me"

    Okay, to make it clear, please tell me gramatically, what "send" and "explain" means?

    Parser, I have nothing against saying "would you please explain to me"

    That is perfect!

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    Re: Usage of the word "to"

    Is the word 'to' both preposition and adverb?
    almost times you speak 'to' with no stress, but you have to speak it with a slight stress when 'to' goes before a personal pronoun?

    Please explain me:D

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    Re: Usage of the word "to"

    Yes to is a preposistion and an adverb depending upon the context.

    Correction: Please explain TO me.

    "To" as preposistion:

    1. (used for expressing motion or direction toward a point, person, place, or thing approached and reached, as opposed to from): They came to the house.
    2. (used for expressing direction or motion or direction toward something) in the direction of; toward: from north to south.

    3. (used for expressing limit of movement or extension): He grew to six feet.

    adverb toward a point, person, place, or thing, implied or understood.


    toward a contact point or closed position: Pull the door to.


    toward a matter, action, or work: We turned to with a will.


    into a state of consciousness; out of unconsciousness: after he came to.


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    Re: Usage of the word "to"

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    I think that many speakers here in the United States say something like:

    Would you please explain TO ME what the problem is?

    Is this "bad" English? No, it's not bad English. (except for a question mark at the end of a nonquestion)
    But I think "Explain to me the problem." is bad English.

    Thank you.
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    Re: Usage of the word "to"

    I don't get it. Where's the non-question question mark?

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    Re: Usage of the word "to"

    Is it the 'would' request? (Please say yes.)

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    Re: Usage of the word "to"

    Quote Originally Posted by bertietheblue View Post
    Is it the 'would' request? (Please say yes.)
    yes

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