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    Answer me a question. Answer the question to me.

    1. Answer me a question.

    2. Answer the question to me.

    3. He answered me the question.

    4. He answered the question to me.

    5. He answered the question for me.


    Are they all grammatical?

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    Re: Answer me a question. Answer the question to me.

    None of them are correct, (except for the last one which means something different entirely) although I do understand what you mean. You don't use an indirect object with "answer". You would say "He answered my question".

    Answering a question for someone is answering a question in their place, e.g.
    1: "What is Pi, 2?"
    2: "Errm–"
    3: "3.14"
    Here, 3 has answered for 2.

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    Re: Answer me a question. Answer the question to me.

    You will certainly hear "Answer me this" in BrE which would probably equate to "Answer me a/this question".

    "Answer this for me" is ambiguous. It could mean "I have been asked a question and I cannot answer it. Please answer it on my behalf" or it could mean "I have a question. Please answer it to satisfy my curiosity. I really want to hear your answer."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Answer me a question. Answer the question to me.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    You will certainly hear "Answer me this" in BrE which would probably equate to "Answer me a/this question".
    Interesting point. I feel that we can say, 'Answer me this' or 'Answer me one question', but we would not say 'He answered me a question'. As Calis suggested, we'd say, 'He answered my question'.
    Last edited by 5jj; 30-Jul-2012 at 08:57.

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