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    #1

    When to use "to"

    Can anyone tell me why I don't use to in the first sentence but I do use to in the second sentence?

    1. I sent you an email.

    2. I sent it to you.

    Thanks


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    #2

    Re: When to use to

    Quote Originally Posted by Anne59 View Post
    Can anyone tell me why I don't use to in the first sentence but I do use to in the second sentence?

    1. I sent you an email.

    2. I sent it to you.

    Thanks

    Hi,
    You don't use "to" in sentence 1 because an indirect object preceeds and direct one. As soon as a direct object is followed by an indirect object (in sent. 2), the latter is used with the preposition "to". The same is with the verb "to give":
    1) I gave you a book.
    2)I gave it (a book) to you.

    All the best,
    Maria

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