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    'TO' with Verb and Pronouns

    Hi,
    Can someone guide me through a problem i stumble upon quite often when reading here and there ?

    I see a lot of sentences where 'to' is often omitted. Now, i know it is not found with words like - bid, bade, let, dare etc. But i find it missing too from some lines like :-
    (These are in passive voice. And between verb and pronoun.)
    1. Admittance was 'refused him' by the Durban.
    2. A chair was 'handed her'.


    Oh, and then there was one with preposition and pronoun.
    Example : He was sitting 'next her'.

    I thank you if you could help explain me in detail, why ?

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    Re: 'TO' with Verb and Pronouns

    I would use to in all of those, though the first would still sound unnatural to me- I'd say He was refused admission.

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    Re: 'TO' with Verb and Pronouns

    Something similar has been discussed on this orum before regarding a BrE vs AmE discrepancy, particularly when using "to write".

    BrE: Write to me soon.
    AmE: Write me soon.

    BrE: She wrote to her sister every week.
    AmE: She wrote her sister every week.

    BrE: Admittance was refused to him (note: we wouldn't really use this in the passive, we'd say "he was refused admittance).
    AmE: Admittance was refused him.

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    Re: 'TO' with Verb and Pronouns

    Thx for taking out your precious time to reply to my question. But the questions above are actually not unnatural, just not used anymore in today's English. I study the old books and that is where i read it. Hence these questions came forth. Nevermind, thx again. :)

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    Re: 'TO' with Verb and Pronouns

    emsr2d2
    Thx to you too for taking out your precious time to reply to my question. No, this has nothing to do with British or American English. As explained above to someone else, I study the old books and that is where i read it. Hence these questions came forth, But thx again. :)

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