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    Question The doctor had given her some medicine.

    Hi,

    "The doctor had given her some medicine".

    What is the natural way? Is the above-mentioned sentence natural? Shouldn't we say "the doctor had prescribed her?

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    Re: The doctor had given her some medicine.

    The doctor gave her some medicine.
    The doctor administered some medicine to her.

    'Prescribe' has a different meaning according to http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/prescribe
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    Re: The doctor had given her some medicine.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    The doctor gave her some medicine.
    The doctor administered some medicine to her.

    'Prescribe' has a different meaning according to http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/prescribe
    Do you mean "had given" is incorrect here?

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    Re: The doctor had given her some medicine.

    As always, context is important. The surrounding words or sentences would dictate whether the past perfect was necessary there.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The doctor had given her some medicine.

    As ems said, we need context before we can tell if the tense is OK, but the verb is fine. It's vague enough to cover prescribing it, handing it over, and pouring it down her throat. It's very common indeed.

    People outside the medical and legal professions don't normally use 'administer'.
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    Re: The doctor had given her some medicine.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    As ems said, we need context before we can tell if the tense is OK, but the verb is fine. It's vague enough to cover prescribing it, handing it over, and pouring it down her throat. It's very common indeed.

    People outside the medical and legal professions don't normally use 'administer'.

    Yes, you are right regarding the need for context. My question was about whether the verb "give" is used in such context. Do you mean that all of the verbs below can be used when we are talking about a dr?

    The dr gave her a medicine,
    The dr prescribed a medicine, (does it have different meaning?)

    The dr handed medicine over (what's the difference between gave and handed it over?!)
    The dr poured the medicine down her throat.


    I'd appreciate if you let me know the difference between these verbs.

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    Re: The doctor had given her some medicine.

    Write 'doctor' in full in your sentences. We use the contraction normally only before a doctor's name - I went to see Dr Brown this morning.

    I would not use your third or fourth sentences. I used those verbs only as examples of what GIVE could mean.

    PRESCRIBE (definition #1 here) has a more restricted meaning than GIVE.

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    Re: The doctor had given her some medicine.

    Quote Originally Posted by Venus.jam View Post
    Do you mean "had given" is incorrect here?
    See below.
    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    You need some other act in the past to use the past perfect.
    For example, 'The doctor had given her some medicine when she had an attack of asthma'.
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    Re: The doctor had given her some medicine.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'The doctor had given her some medicine when she had an attack of asthma'.
    That one suggests that the attack of asthma happened before the doctor gave the medicine.

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    Re: The doctor had given her some medicine.

    The doctor had already given her some medicine when she had an attack of asthma.

    Is it OK now?
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