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    "get me him"

    Hello,

    is it correct English to "Get me him", or is it a bit strange?

    I heard it in a video of a TV host who is upset. At about 6m 40 seconds, she says, 'Where is Tom? Can someone get me him?'.

    I know 'Get him now!' would be correct, but is it correct to put 'me' between 'get' and 'him'? Or is it considered OK in spoken English?

    Thanks

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    Re: "get me him"

    Quote Originally Posted by Olympian View Post
    Hello,

    is it correct English to "Get me him", or is it a bit strange?

    I heard it in a video of a TV host who is upset. At about 6m 40 seconds, she says, 'Where is Tom? Can someone get me him?'.

    I know 'Get him now!' would be correct, but is it correct to put 'me' between 'get' and 'him'? Or is it considered OK in spoken English?

    Thanks
    It's not wrong. It's more common to say, "Get him for me".
    Or "Get it for me" rather than "get me it."

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    Re: "get me him"

    Realize that most times, when we are upset, we aren't paying the most attention to how we are speaking. We'll speak less precisely.
    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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    Re: "get me him"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It's not wrong. It's more common to say, "Get him for me".
    Or "Get it for me" rather than "get me it."
    OK. Thanks Raymott. I used to wonder why 'get me it' is or sounds wrong instead of 'get me the book'. Now, I understand that 'get me it' is not incorrect although it is not common.

    Barb_D - Yes, I realize that. I had not thought about it since I was only trying to figure out if it is correct or not.

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