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    Give Trouble

    For this pair of sentences:

    "The current matter gave him trouble."
    "The current matter gave trouble to him."

    Is the second sentence more formal than the first? Or is it just plain wrong?

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    Re: Give Trouble

    It's wrong.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Give Trouble

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's wrong.
    So, "He gave a book to her" is also wrong?

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    Re: Give Trouble

    No. Just because one construction is wrong, you can't assume that all similar constructions are wrong.

    He gave a book to her = Her gave her a book.
    In that example, "to give" is used literally. He actually handed a physical book to her.

    The matter gave him trouble = The matter caused him trouble.
    In that example, "to give" is used in place of "to cause". No-one handed anyone anything.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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