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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.
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 13:24.
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.
Could you tell me which verbs follow this pattern,please?
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.