I have an issue with the usage of the word offer. This particular sentence below is giving me a headache.

I am positive that these two subjects can offer me the best opportunities, as I take interest in both the core and the related areas.

Is that correct? And if so, is this alternative correct too?

Should for be replaced with to? (keep in mind it is supposed to be formal)

I am positive that these two subjects can offer the best opportunities for me, as I take interest in both the core and the related areas.

  • Neither of the sentences make sense. To me, it is not clear what "as I take..." means or how it relates to the initial clause. Also, what do you mean by subjects? – michael_timofeev Jan 7 '16 at 0:31
  • Certainly, I am seeing the sentence out of context, but still... You might considering writing two sentences. – michael_timofeev Jan 7 '16 at 0:33
  • First of all, you wouldn't put a comma before "as." You are using it as a subordinating conjunction. The comma creates a confusion about what you mean. The other thing that creates confusion is semantics. It's hard to imagine how these subjects can offer you opportunities while you take interest in their core and related areas, for how how can you cultivate opportunity from something you are just now taking interest in and haven't yet learned? – Benjamin Harman Jan 7 '16 at 1:34
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    Second, the first construction is entirely proper. It's using the ditransitive property of the verb. It's just like saying, "She made me cookies." In this example, the indirect object "me" is properly put immediately after the verb and before the direct object "cookies." Your construction is exactly the same. It puts the indirect object "me" properly before the direct object "the best opportunities." Frankly, I don't like your second construction, not because it's wrong but because it feels stilted. – Benjamin Harman Jan 7 '16 at 1:39
  • Possible duplicate of Is this an objective complement or adjective phrase? – Benjamin Harman Jan 16 '16 at 10:13

Offer takes to for its indirect object, so

... offer the best opportunities to me.

is the normal formal form.

Many ditransitive verbs allow the indirect object to precede the direct object without a preposition, so

... offer me the best opportunities.

is exactly equivalent to the above, but perhaps a little less formal.

Offer X for (person) Y is not normal, but opportunity for is; so in this case, for is possible not because of the "offer" but because of "opportunity, and it parses as

... offer [the best opportunities for me].


Both of those sentences are acceptable, in my opinion neither is more formal than the other. The difference between them is the first is an indirect object and the second is a direct object followed by an adverbial/prepositional phrase.

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