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  1. yuriya's Avatar
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    #1

    save you money/trouble

    Hi there! I have some doubts about "save" when it is used as a verb with two objects (direct and indirect).
    I know that the following two sentences are interchangeable and OK:

    1-1. The plan will save us a lot of money.
    1-2. The plan will save a lot of money for us.

    Do the following work the same?

    2-1. The plan will save us the trouble.
    2-2. The plan will save the trouble for us.

    Personally, I've never come across sentences like 2-2 and it sounds wrong to my ears.
    Please clarify this for me. Thanks in advance!

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    Re: save you money/trouble

    1.2 and 2.2 are not used.

    It saves us time.
    It will save you time.
    Doing it my way will save you effort.
    Paying in advance saves you money.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: save you money/trouble

    Thanks, but the following sound odd to your British ears?

    It sure saves time for us.
    Paying in advance saves money for you in the long run.

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    #4

    Re: save you money/trouble

    Quote Originally Posted by yuriya View Post
    Thanks, but the following sound odd to your British ears?

    It sure saves time for us.
    Paying in advance saves money for you in the long run.
    They sound odd to my American ears also.

    It sure saves us time.
    Paying in advance saves you money in the long run.

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