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    What is the difference

    Why do we say ask me in one sentence but appeared to me in the other:-

    He asked me to leave early.
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    He appeared to me to be a good person.

    Is there a rule that explains this?

    Any help very much appreciated.

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    Re: What is the difference

    Quote Originally Posted by Anne59 View Post
    Why do we say ask me in one sentence but appeared to me in the other:-

    He asked me to leave early.
    and
    He appeared to me to be a good person.

    Is there a rule that explains this?

    Any help very much appreciated.
    Not a teacher.

    In the first sentence "He asked me to leave early" means he directed me or ordered me or instructed me to do something i.e. leave early.

    In the second case He appeared to me a good person(to be is not necessary), here appear means I observed him to be a good person, or I just thought from the appearances that he was a good person.

    There are no rules here but simply the usage of two different words in different context, which you shall learn with practice.

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    Re: What is the difference

    Quote Originally Posted by SUDHKAMP View Post
    There are no rules here but simply the usage of two different words in different context, which you shall learn with practice.
    There is a rule that might help.
    "ask" is a transitive verb. It can take a direct object, such as "a question" in "He asked me a question". "me" is an indirect object.
    "appear" is intransitive. You cannot "appear something" But you can "appear to someone".

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    Re: What is the difference

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    There is a rule that might help.
    "ask" is a transitive verb. It can take a direct object, such as "a question" in "He asked me a question". "me" is an indirect object.
    "appear" is intransitive. You cannot "appear something" But you can "appear to someone".
    What are direct object and indirect object?
    Please explain this to me.

    Is this sentence right?

    Thanks

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    Re: What is the difference

    Quote Originally Posted by lucalita009 View Post
    What are direct object and indirect object?
    Please explain this to me.

    Is this sentence right?

    Thanks
    What are direct object and indirect object?
    This is a very basic grammar question which would be best read and studied from a grammar book. I'd be happy to help after that.
    Please explain this to me.
    "This" is the direct object of "explain".
    "I gave the man an apple". "an apple" is the direct object of "gave". "the man" is the indirect object". It's indirect since I didn't give the man, I gave the apple.

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    Re: What is the difference

    Thanks so much Raymott. Now I see.

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