Results 1 to 6 of 6
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Italian
      • Home Country:
      • Malta
      • Current Location:
      • Romania

    • Join Date: Aug 2011
    • Posts: 341
    #1

    to give to + noun

    Can we use after the verb to give the preposition ' to' or is it better off:

    e.g.I want to give to my parents a great Christmas present.

  1. bhaisahab's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 25,626
    #2

    Re: to give to + noun

    Quote Originally Posted by allthewayanime View Post
    Can we use after the verb to give the preposition ' to' or is it better off:

    e.g.I want to give to my parents a great Christmas present.
    Don't use it.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Italian
      • Home Country:
      • Malta
      • Current Location:
      • Romania

    • Join Date: Aug 2011
    • Posts: 341
    #3

    Re: to give to + noun

    But is it correct to use the' to' in the passive form?

    e.g. The salary has been given to John.
    Last edited by allthewayanime; 19-Dec-2011 at 14:24.

  2. Barb_D's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 19,221
    #4

    Re: to give to + noun

    It's in the word order.

    I gave a present to my sister.
    I gave my sister a present.

    When you move the indirect object immediately after the verb (in the active voice), you eliminate the "to."

    Yes, in the passive, you use the "to." A gift was given to John.

    (We don't "give" people salaries, so your sentence isn't very natural.)
    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.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Italian
      • Home Country:
      • Malta
      • Current Location:
      • Romania

    • Join Date: Aug 2011
    • Posts: 341
    #5

    Re: to give to + noun

    Could you tell me which verbs follow this pattern,please?

  3. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,134
    #6

    Re: to give to + noun

    Those verbs which are used with both a direct and an indirect object, for example:

    I wrote a letter to my friend.
    I wrote my friend a letter.

    The greater the length of the indirect object, the more likely it is to be used with 'to':

    I wrote a letter to the girl I met on holiday. .......This is probably more likely than:
    I wrote the girl I met on holiday a letter.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 10
    Last Post: 05-Jan-2011, 00:26
  2. [Grammar] Could you give me some guidelines about converting noun to a verb?
    By srubys in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 25-Jul-2008, 13:14
  3. Compound Noun or Descriptive Noun -- Show Possesive
    By bellb in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 19-Oct-2007, 09:59
  4. give-in as a noun--ok or not?
    By ermrkiti4141 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 07-Aug-2005, 12:54

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •