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    promise somebody or to somebody

    Hello everyone,

    1. "He promised me to never do it again."
    2. "He promised to me to never do it again."

    Are these sentences correct? Do I need "to" after promise to introduce the object?

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: promise somebody or to somebody

    Only 1 is correct.

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    #3

    Re: promise somebody or to somebody

    I'm sorry for that but I've found several examples with "promise to me".

    http://fraze.it/n_search.jsp?q=promi...e&l=0&sugg=off

    What would you say?
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    #4

    Re: promise somebody or to somebody

    Thank you Rover_KE for your answer.

    Am I correct to understand that if we have promise+direct object we use "to" and if we have promise+indirect object then we do not use "to".
    1."He promised riches to her."
    2. "He promised her a lot of money."

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    #5

    Re: promise somebody or to somebody

    Hi,
    Please note I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker.
    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    I'm sorry for that but I've found several examples with "promise to me".

    http://fraze.it/n_search.jsp?q=promi...e&l=0&sugg=off

    What would you say?
    I'd say that in most of the example you talking about, promise is used as a noun not as a verb.

    Cheers.

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    #6

    Re: promise somebody or to somebody

    Should it be "promise something to somebody" and "promise somebody something"?

    Thank you.

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    #7

    Re: promise somebody or to somebody

    Both are correct according to http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/promise_1 Definition#1

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    #8

    Re: promise somebody or to somebody

    Quote Originally Posted by worcester View Post
    Should it be "promise something to somebody" and "promise somebody something"?
    Yes, but that's nothing specific to promising. That's just the usual way of using a direct and an indirect object together.
    "I gave him something; I gave something to him". You can substitute pretty much any ditransitive verb.

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    #9

    Re: promise somebody or to somebody

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Both are correct according to http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/promise_1 Definition#1

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    I can't find "promise (v) to someone" there. That would be very uncommon.
    Yes, there are phrases close to this. "The boss promised me a raise"; "The boss promised a raise to me" (Not common); "The boss promised to me a raise" (Wrong).

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    Re: promise somebody or to somebody

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I can't find "promise (v) to someone" there. That would be very uncommon.
    Can you find "promise something to somebody" there?

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