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ulya

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I want to ask that

Can we use all verbs in below structures or only these verbs show, give, send, lend, pass?

somebody something

something to somebody


For example, I want to buy you a present. Is it correct?
 

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Can we use all verbs in below structures or only these verbs show, give, send, lend, pass?

'All verbs'? Certainly not.

'Only these verbs. . .?' There may be a few more; I can think of tell.

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It has to be a ditransitive verb to have the two objects, which excludes an awful lot of verbs.
 

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I want to ask that

Can we use all verbs in below structures or only these verbs show, give, send, lend, pass?

somebody something

something to somebody


For example, I want to buy you a present. Is it correct?

You can't use "something to somebody" in the context of buying a present.

I want to buy a present for you.
 
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