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    to learn some tricks

    Can one say
    a. She gave me her poodle to teach it some tricks.
    b. She gave me her poodle to learn some tricks from me.
    c. She gave me her poodle to learn some tricks.

    (MEANING She gave me her poodle so that I would teach it some tricks.)
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    Many thanks.

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    Re: to learn some tricks

    None of them is natural. I would stick with the explanatory sentence you gave in brackets but I'd change "would" to "could".

    You might hear "She gave me her poodle to train" but it's still a little awkward on the ear. Part of the problem is that we wouldn't start with "She gave me her poodle ...".

    She asked me to teach her poodle some tricks.
    She brought her poodle to my house so I could train him/her.

    (I generally use he/she and him/her for pets.)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: to learn some tricks

    If you are a dog trainer, then the sentences become more natural to me.

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    Re: to learn some tricks

    I think a. sounds fine.

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