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    #1

    I gave him the dog to...

    Which are correct:

    1) I gave him the dog to take care of.

    2) I gave him the dog to take care of it.

    3) I gave the dog to him to take care of.

    4) I gave the dog to him to take care of it.

    5) I gave him the dog to keep him company.

    6) I gave the dog to him to keep him company.
    (In '5' and '6' the dog is going to keep him company.)

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    #2

    Re: I gave him the dog to...

    You'll hear all of those used.

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    #3

    Re: I gave him the dog to...

    The ending "it" of #2 and 4 is unnecessary. Not wrong, but unnecessary.

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    #4

    Re: I gave him the dog to...

    I'd say the extra "it" in 2 and 4 are confusing.

    I was wondering what problem the dog was going to help take care of. It literally didn't occur to me that he was supposed to take care of the DOG and that the dog was the "it" in question.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #5

    Re: I gave him the dog to...

    For me, it would depend on the context- I wouldn't even notice it in speech. In formal writing, it would look odd.

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