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    Is it "offer sth. to sb." or "offer sb. sth"

    Hi,

    I am new here

    I am writing an essay, but I am not sure which of the following two versions are better with respect to grammar and style. The essay should be written in academic English.

    A. Physical education classes offer a great deal of advantages to the students.
    B. Physical education classes offer the students a great deal of advantages.

    I could also write: Physical education classes provide a great deal of advantages for their students. I think it should be for with the verb provide.

    However, I am not sure which of the two versions above are correct. I checked it in a dictionary, but I only found an example similar to sentence B. I was wondering if sentence A would be incorret.

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    Patrick

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    Re: Is it "offer sth. to sb." or "offer sb. sth"

    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick87 View Post
    Hi,

    I am new here

    I am writing an essay, but I am not sure which of the following two versions are better with respect to grammar and style. The essay should be written in academic English.

    A. Physical education classes offer a great deal of advantages to the students.
    B. Physical education classes offer the students a great deal of advantages.

    I could also write: Physical education classes provide a great deal of advantages for their students. I think it should be for with the verb provide.

    However, I am not sure which of the two versions above are correct. I checked it in a dictionary, but I only found an example similar to sentence B. I was wondering if sentence A would be incorret.

    Best regards,
    Patrick
    I think both structures are fine, but I would change "a great deal of" to "many". We usually only use "a great deal of" with uncountable nouns:

    There is a great deal of water on the floor.
    He made a great deal of money for the company.
    There was a great deal of sand in my shoes.

    I would also stick with "offer" instead of "provide".

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    Re: Is it "offer sth. to sb." or "offer sb. sth"

    Thanks very much. I will write numerous advantages instead of a great deal of advantages.

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