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    To find

    Hi,
    Suppose that a teacher is teaching colors to his little students.

    "Find me me the red color in the class."
    "Find the color for me in the class."

    I don't know how to use the word "find" here.

    1. Find someone something
    2. Find something for someone

    Are both constructions acceptable?

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    #2

    Re: To find

    Quote Originally Posted by xiaoen View Post

    1. Find someone something
    2. Find something for someone

    Are both constructions acceptable?
    Yes, they are.

    Find me something red.
    Find something red for me.



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    Re: To find

    The original sentences don't work as they stand for me. I'd use Tzfujimino's sentences plus in the classroom rather than class.

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    Re: To find

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    The original sentences don't work as they stand for me. I'd use Tzfujimino's sentences plus in the classroom rather than class.
    Suppose that I teach colors to the students:

    "Find me me the red color in the classroom."
    "Find the color red for me in the classroom."

    What's wrong with these?

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    #5

    Re: To find

    What you want to find is something red rather than the colour red because the colour must be on something.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: To find

    Suppose that there are many objects in the classroom with different colors. i. e. a red chair, a green bin, a white board, a brown window, etc.

    What changes should I make in the below sentences in order to use them in the classroom while teaching colors?

    "Find me me the red color in the classroom."
    "Find the color red for me in the classroom."

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    Re: To find

    'Look around you and show me something red.'

    'Point to something red.'

    'Go and touch something red.'

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    Re: To find

    When we are speaking of (for example) red as a colour , we almost never speak of it as 'the red colour' or 'the colour red'. It's simply 'red'.

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    Re: To find

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    'Look around you and show me something red.'

    'Point to something red.'

    'Go and touch something red.'
    Thank you but what if I want to use the word "find" in this context?
    How will you use "find" in such contexts?

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    #10

    Re: To find

    Find (me) something red in the classroom.

    However, I agree that there are more natural verbs for the context.

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