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    #1

    show somebody something

    Hello,

    Please take a look at the following sentences:

    "Right now I'd like to show you the collection of paintings by Rembrandt"
    "I showed Mike our new exhibit"

    My question is whether these sentences are grammatically correct or not. Can we say "show somebody something" without the particle "to" after "show" or we have to say "... show to you ..." and "... showed to Mike ...", respectively.

    Thanks

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    #2

    Re: show somebody something

    "Right now I'd like to show you the collection of paintings by Rembrandt." Fine.
    "I showed Mike our new exhibit." Fine.


    "Right now I'd like to show to you the collection of paintings by Rembrandt." Possible
    "I showed to Mike our new exhibit." No


    "Right now I'd like to show the collection of paintings by Rembrandt to you." Possible
    "I showed our new exhibit to Mike." Fine

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    #3

    Re: show somebody something

    You can certainly show somebody something.

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    #4

    Re: show somebody something

    Thanks!!! I'd like to summarize:

    So we can say both

    "Right now I'd like to show you the collection of paintings by Rembrandt."
    and
    "Right now I'd like to show to you the collection of paintings by Rembrandt."

    In the sentence "I showed to Mike our new exhibit" "to" is wrong. If so, why can we say "show you something" but can't use the same construction if "you" is replaced with a person's name?

    and they mean absolutely the same things. What about the style of these sentences? Which one is more formal?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    "Right now I'd like to show you the collection of paintings by Rembrandt." Fine.
    "I showed Mike our new exhibit." Fine.


    "Right now I'd like to show to you the collection of paintings by Rembrandt." Possible
    "I showed to Mike our new exhibit." No


    "Right now I'd like to show the collection of paintings by Rembrandt to you." Possible
    "I showed our new exhibit to Mike." Fine

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    #5

    Re: show somebody something

    I wouldn't use "to" in any of those situations. It may not be incorrect, but it sounds un-natural.

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    #6

    Re: show somebody something

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I wouldn't use "to" in any of those situations. It may not be incorrect, but it sounds un-natural.
    Surely you'd agree that in the last two example, "to" is mandatory. I agree that I wouldn't use it elsewhere (though others might).

    "Right now I'd like to show the collection of paintings by Rembrandt to you."; "I showed our new exhibit to Mike."

    "To" cannot be omitted here.

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    Re: show somebody something

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Surely you'd agree that in the last two example, "to" is mandatory. I agree that I wouldn't use it elsewhere (though others might).

    "Right now I'd like to show the collection of paintings by Rembrandt to you."; "I showed our new exhibit to Mike."

    "To" cannot be omitted here.
    Yes, thanks for the clarification.

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