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    Question Is this a mistake or not?

    Hello!
    I'd like to know what the difference between "he doesn't show his novels anyone" and "he doesn't show his novels to anyone". Is it a mistake not to use the word "to"?
    I'd be very grateful.

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    Re: Is this a mistake or not?

    The preposition to is required.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Is this a mistake or not?

    Novels or "navels" If it's "novels", what's the purpose of writing his novels?

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    Re: Is this a mistake or not?

    The verb show takes three arguments. That is, for it to make sense, you need one thing to do the showing (usually a person), another thing that is shown, and another thing (usually a person) to see the showing.

    There are two ways to construct this grammatically, following different patterns:


    • to show somebody something
    • to show something to somebody

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    Re: Is this a mistake or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    The verb show takes three arguments. That is, for it to make sense, you need one thing to do the showing (usually a person), another thing that is shown, and another thing (usually a person) to see the showing.

    There are two ways to construct this grammatically, following different patterns:


    • to show somebody something
    • to show something to somebody
    Oh, thank you so much. So the sentences "he doesn't show anyone his novels" is correct?

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    Re: Is this a mistake or not?

    Yes. It follows the first of the two patterns I presented in post #4.

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    Re: Is this a mistake or not?

    Are those your sentences?
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