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  1. chishka

    what is meant vs. what is said

    Although I believe it is acceptable these days to say "Read me a story, " shouldn't the correct way to say this really be "Read a story to me?" My husband does not agree and I would appreciate any feedback, one way or another. Thanks.

  2. matilda

    Talking Re: what is meant vs. what is said

    my dear friend

    I couldn't understand what you really mean!!!

    do you mean a change in the question form?

    by the way , inform me to answer you if possible



  3. rewboss's Avatar

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    Re: what is meant vs. what is said

    Both forms are correct. However, there is a slight difference in emphasis. Basically, the thing you want to emphasise goes at the end of the sentence.

    1. Read me a story. (Not a poem or a weather report, I want to hear a story.)

    2. Read a story to me. (Not to him or to her, but to me.)

    However, you can change the emphasis by using intonation, which we represent in writing by using italics:

    3. Read a story to me. (Not a poem...)

    The most useful form is the first one, so that's the one you'll most often hear. But that's not because it's "more correct", just more natural.

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