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blacknomi

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A sentence from ReadersDigest.

When she asked what I meant by 'click on,' I realised it was time to introduce her to the mouse.

:shock:
Why does the author want to introduce her to the mouse?

Shouldn't it be like this, "introduce the mouse to her" or "introduce her the mouse"?


Blaconomi: Hello, mouse.
Mouse: Hi, there.
:shock: :shock: :shock:
Now we are friends.
 

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blacknomi said:
A sentence from ReadersDigest.

When she asked what I meant by 'click on,' I realised it was time to introduce her to the mouse.

:shock:
Why does the author want to introduce her to the mouse?

Shouldn't it be like this, "introduce the mouse to her" or "introduce her the mouse"?


Blaconomi: Hello, mouse.
Mouse: Hi, there.
:shock: :shock: :shock:
Now we are friends.

It's idiomatic. :wink: She didn't know what "click on" meant, so I introduced her to the computer mouse (i.e., I showed her what it was and how to use it). :D

'introduce' is a double object verb, but there's no movement:

1. introduce (verb) her (direct object) to the mouse (indirect object)
2. introduce (verb) the mouse (direct object) to her (indirect object)

In 1. she is going to learn more about the mouse, whereas in 2. the mouse is going to learn more about her.

Also,

She introduced me to him. (I was introduced first)
She introduced him to me. (He was introduced first)

All the best, :D
 

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Casiopea said:
It's idiomatic. :wink: She didn't know what "click on" meant, so I introduced her to the computer mouse (i.e., I showed her what it was and how to use it). :D

'introduce' is a double object verb, but there's no movement:

1. introduce (verb) her (direct object) to the mouse (indirect object)
2. introduce (verb) the mouse (direct object) to her (indirect object)

In 1. she is going to learn more about the mouse, whereas in 2. the mouse is going to learn more about her.

Also,

She introduced me to him. (I was introduced first)
She introduced him to me. (He was introduced first)

All the best, :D
1. introduce (verb) her (direct object) to the mouse (indirect object)
2. introduce (verb) the mouse (direct object) to her (indirect object)

Tthink you mean the transitive and intransitive verb.
is that right?
 

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A transitive verb is a verb that takes a direct object. An intranstive verb is a verb that doesn't take an indirect object. Many verbs can be used either transitively or intransitively.

In this case, though, in both examples, the verb takes a direct object, so in both cases the verb is quite definitely transitive. Exactly the same construction is used each time: in the first example, "her" is the direct object and "the mouse" is the indirect object; in the second example, it's the other way around.
 

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Welcome, Zuka. :hi:
 

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hi every body.
my name Do from VietNam.
I am 30 yrs old.
I have never studied English by Internet. So pls tell me how to learn and improve my English.
in my opinion, the grammer is the most difficul in English.
 

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Welcome, Dotranthanh. :hi: There are many ways to learn here. You ca ask questions in the forum, simply start a new thread with anything you need to know. There are also many other areas of the site, including quizzes, references, etc. Try exploring the Students' area: https://www.usingenglish.com/students.html
 

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hi....My name is Phuong
I'm 18 years old . I enjoy learning English .
In site , I felt I study many things . My grammer is good than after. But I am not good at listening . Can you help me ? Thanks a lot
 

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Hi, Do..
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1. introduce (verb) her (direct object) to the mouse (indirect object)
2. introduce (verb) the mouse (direct object) to her (indirect object)

Tthink you mean the transitive and intransitive verb.
is that right?
I was saying sth last night ,that made me think for awhile,when I said:"everything I´ve got in this life I owe ,(and here´s come the doubt) to my mother orrrr......
I owe my mother.Imean if I mean phisically ,like money or countable things,in a nutshell,is not fit the preposition but it does not sound good to me if I don´t say it on that example.Well.Ihope you could help me out.Thanks anyway,Suz.Later.
 

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It's OK to me, but how about 'all down to my mother' to avoid it?
 

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hello! my name's chamroeun. i live in phnom penh - cambodia. i've been studying english for 4 years. now i am in high school. i'm very happy to be friend with u n exchange ideas. thanks
 

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hello! my name's chamroeun. i live in phnom penh - cambodia. i've been studying english for 4 years. now i am in high school. i'm very happy to be friend with u n exchange ideas. thanks

Hi, Tepy.

Welcome to the forum.

It is better if you start a new thread for a new topic.
 

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Irani, simply start a new thread with your questions and people will start answering them. ;-)
 

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Hello teacher,
How are you. This is sajan. Is it the right time to speak with you.
 

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