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    Cool Ditransitive Verbs

    Hi! I'm new here! I'm studying grammar for a final exam so probably I will be asking many questions.
    My question is:

    In a sentence where the Indirect Object is in a prepositional phrase as in this example:
    Dad gave a car to Jhon.
    Is the verb still considered as ditransitive? As if it was "Dad gave John a car."

    Thanks!
    Gilda from Argentina.

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    Re: Ditransitive Verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by missgilda View Post
    Hi! I'm new here! I'm studying grammar for a final exam so probably I will be asking many questions.
    My question is:

    In a sentence where the Indirect Object is in a prepositional phrase as in this example:
    Dad gave a car to Jhon.
    Is the verb still considered as ditransitive? As if it was "Dad gave John a car."

    Thanks!
    Gilda from Argentina.
    As mentioned in your other thread, I would not consider it a ditransitive verb unless there is an indirect object. Saying that an indirect object is in a prepositional phrase is incorrect, in my opinion.

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    Re: Ditransitive Verbs

    Being strictly accurate, when the verb give occurs in

    He gave his son a car.

    it is functioning ditransitively, whereas in semantically identical

    He gave a car to his son.

    it is functioning monotransitively.

    Generally speaking, however, 'give' is classed as a ditransitive verb simply because it is capable of governing a (prepositionally unmarked) indirect object.

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