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    grammar in a sentence

    Which is the right way to say this sentence:

    in a time when fear ruled the earth, a great legend gave hope to the people

    or

    in a time when fear ruled the earth, a great legend gave people hope

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    Re: grammar in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by anabelin View Post
    Which is the right way to say this sentence:

    in a time when fear ruled the earth, a great legend gave hope to the people

    or

    in a time when fear ruled the earth, a great legend gave people hope
    Both are correct but the second one sounds better. Since 'give' is a transitive verb,

    You can say either: I gave Sara a book or I gave the book to Sara


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    Re: grammar in a sentence

    In a time when fear ruled the earth, a great legend gave hope to the people.

    More thrillingly dramatic, because the emphasis is on 'gave hope ...(to the people) rather than 'gave the people...hope.
    In that way, in contrasts more effectively with the emotion they had in the first clause: fear...hope.
    Last edited by David L.; 12-Mar-2009 at 02:34.

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