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    supply sb sth

    An English-Chinese dictionary compiled by Chinese experts some thirty years ago contains this phrase in the entry of 'supply':

    supply sb an answer

    But I've never encountered any sentences with such a structure. I asked about it on a Chinese website for English-learning. They did find online a few sentences with "supplied me/ him/ her/ us/ them + a noun".

    My question is whether this structure can be used and whether the first object has to be a pronoun (this is what I speculate) if we do use it.

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: supply sb sth

    You need to use 'with'

    For example:

    Obviously, we had to supply her with an answer very quickly.


    Obviously, it was necessary to supply her with an answer very quickly

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