When to use "to"

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Anne59

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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.

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MashUK

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Re: 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


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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