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    #1

    "bring me" or "bring to me"?

    I'm at a loss as to whether "to" should be used before "me" in the sentence: "What else could you bring ... me?"
    Could anyone explain, please?


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    #2

    Re: "bring me" or "bring to me"?

    "to" isn't needed. "me" is an indirect object ... you bring a cake (direct object) [TO] me (indirect).

    Or, "you brought me a cake for my birthday!!"

    I think (I hate to say always in English ... it's never right ) that you can always rewrite a phrase with an indirect object (object will be a person), to use a preposition instead, typically "to" -- so either could work.

    Bring me that book!

    Bring t

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    #3

    Re: "bring me" or "bring to me"?

    Thank you, Ebb, for your prompt reply. Somehow the end of it seemed unfinished to me Am I to understand the last phrase as "Bring to me that book?" or else "Bring that book to me"? Or maybe both?
    P.S. I wonder why instead of changing the fonts colour some unwanted square bracketed captions pop up?

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    #4

    Re: "bring me" or "bring to me"?

    Bring me that book
    Bring that book to me
    Bring to me that book (It might be used under some rather forced circumstances, but I'd avoid it)

    Re colours- how are you changing the colours? The square brackets are BB code, the equivalent of <> in html.


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    #5

    Re: "bring me" or "bring to me"?

    Yes, easy as pie and granted. But.

    How about this lyrics by Blackmore's night, album Village Lantern 2006, the song is called World of Stone:

    Bring TO me all of my arrows,
    Bring TO me my crossbow, too;
    I fear we might need them both
    Before this night is through.

    Are they just breaking the common rule, or does it bring any special sense to the song?

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    #6

    Re: "bring me" or "bring to me"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Petuhov View Post
    Yes, easy as pie and granted. But.

    How about this lyrics by Blackmore's night, album Village Lantern 2006, the song is called World of Stone:

    Bring TO me all of my arrows,
    Bring TO me my crossbow, too;
    I fear we might need them both
    Before this night is through.

    Are they just breaking the common rule, or does it bring any special sense to the song?
    I think it is postponing (more technically, extraposing) the direct object for emphasis. (And also, no doubt, to fit the music.)

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