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    to him - optional or not?

    Hello.

    I have got a sentence, 'He gave us three books and asked us to return them to him the next day'.

    1. If I dropped to him, would that mean implicitly or the meaning would be different?

    2. Would 'on the next day' be correct?

    Thanks, Alex.

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    Re: to him - optional or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    Hello.

    I have got a sentence, 'He gave us three books and asked us to return them to him the next day'.

    1. If I dropped to him, would that mean implicitly or the meaning would be different?

    2. Would 'on the next day' be correct?

    Thanks, Alex.
    If you leave out "to him" the meaning is not exactly the same. If he asked you return them to him, it means to give them to him personally. If he just asked you to return them, you could give them to somebody else in the office or leave them on his desk etc.
    I wouldn't use "on".

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