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    Please do me a favor

    There's one textbook that stated, "He was kind enough to draw me a map." and "He was kind enough to draw a map for me." meant slightly different. "Draw me a map" meant I already have a map and the other didn't. I don't understand why.

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    #2

    Re: Please do me a favor

    Quote Originally Posted by irish142 View Post
    Draw me a map" meant I already have a map
    That's not right. If you already have a map, why would he draw you one?

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    Re: Please do me a favor

    Quote Originally Posted by irish142 View Post
    There's one textbook
    Title and author, please.
    Typoman - writer of rongs

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    Re: Please do me a favor

    cross-post
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Please do me a favor

    Quote Originally Posted by irish142 View Post
    There's one textbook that stated, "He was kind enough to draw me a map." and "He was kind enough to draw a map for me." mean slightly different things. "Draw me a map" means I already have a map and the other doesn't. I don't understand why.
    Do you think those sentences mean two different things?
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    #6

    Re: Please do me a favor

    Thank you for all of your replies! Actually my Japanese friend, who studies English, asked me that question and I didn't know what to say. I asked her to send the information about the book and translate it.

    The title of the textbook is “New•English composition notebook” and she bought it from Amazon. It is published by Nichieisha. She said, "The sentence highlighted is ”if you write “draw me a map”,” I have a map” will be executed."

    I asked another person to translate it, and this is what I got.
    "My translation is as follows.
    When you use draw, you can use two forms.
    1. draw me a map
    2. draw a map for me
    When you use #1 form, it means I got a map and I have a map now."

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    Your help would be very much appreciated~

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    #7

    Draw me a map

    No. Asking someone to draw a map for you does not mean you have a map. (How would that make sense?

    I would only ask somebody to draw a map for me if I needed help with directions. I certainly would not do that if I already had a map. (That would make no sense.)
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    #8

    Re: Please do me a favor

    The textbook is wrong IMO. The sentences mean the same.

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