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    How much do I owe (to) you?

    Hi,

    One of my dictionaries says that "How much do I owe to you?" is not idiomatic.

    But I guess that "How much do I owe to the creditors?" would be idiomatic.

    What do you think about this?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: How much do I owe (to) you?

    Quote Originally Posted by taked4700 View Post
    Hi,

    One of my dictionaries says that "How much do I owe to you?" is not idiomatic.

    But I guess that "How much do I owe to the creditors?" would be idiomatic.

    What do you think about this?

    Thanks in advance.
    I agree with the dictionary.

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    Re: How much do I owe (to) you?





    Thank you, Bhaisahab.

    But I'm confused. Do you mean that "How much do I owe the creditors?" is idiomatic while "How much do I owe to the creditors?" is not?

    Thanks in advance.


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    Re: How much do I owe (to) you?

    [I am not a teacher]

    You could compare 'owe' to 'give':

    I gave you a car.
    I gave a car to you.

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    Where I live, this to would virtually always be omitted.

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    #6
    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post

    I agree with the dictionary.
    And a dictionary is a very hard thing to disagree with. :)

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    Re: How much do I owe (to) you?

    Thank you, all the contributors.

    Could I make sure of my understanding?

    I guess that "How much do I owe to you?" would be grammatical but not idiomatic. Is this right?

    One more thing, "What did he give to you?" is not idiomatic but grammatical is my understanding. Am I correct?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: How much do I owe (to) you?

    Correct:
    How much do I owe the creditors?
    How much money do I owe the creditors?

    Not correct:
    How much do I owe to the creditors?
    How much money do I owe to the creditors?

    Please note that you will hear people saying the phrase with "to" but it is superfluous and should be omitted.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: How much do I owe (to) you?

    In a different construction, we have to use 'to' after 'owe.

    'I've become a successful author, and I owe it all to my teachers.'
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