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    Question "I read them." or "I read *to* them"?

    Hi, I'm having some trouble with the ditransitive verb "read". I'd really appreciate your help...

    Let me ask this using a scenatio...

    I'm visiting a friend and notice some books in the kids' room. I ask the eldest of the three:

    Q: - Who reads them?
    A: - I read them. (=I read the books.)

    Q: - Do your sisters read them?
    A1: - No, I read them. (=i.e. I read to my sisters.)
    A2: - No, I read to them. (=i.e. I read to my sisters.)

    So which ones would be acceptable - A1, A2 or both?
    My intuition is that A1 is incomplete without a direct object (such as
    "a book" or "a story".

    Thanks already,
    Have a great day!

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    Re: "I read them." or "I read *to* them"?

    Welcome to the forum, incik.

    A2 is correct, and your intuition is absolutely right about A1.

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    Re: "I read them." or "I read *to* them"?

    You could say "No, I read them (the books) to them (my sisters)" in response to "Do your sisters read them?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "I read them." or "I read *to* them"?

    Q: Do your sisters read them?
    A: No, I read the books to my sisters.

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