I was wondering if there exist some list of all verbs we do not put a preposition after them in a sentence? I'm talking about 2 objects in a sentence - the verb is before indirect object.

Eg. I told her a story. She gave me a smile.

I really don't know where to find them and if they have some special name. Thank you in advance for your time.

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    Why do you need a list? Are you going to try and memorize them? – Alan Carmack Nov 29 '16 at 5:03
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is a request for resources (coupled with a repeat question on ditransitive verbs). – Edwin Ashworth Nov 29 '16 at 10:45
  • There's also something that mentions not questions about word lists. – BladorthinTheGrey Nov 29 '16 at 17:16

They are known as ditransitive verbs, or as verbs that take indirect objects, or as verbs that undergo dative shift.

By Googling "ditransitive verbs", you can find some lists. This one seems pretty good: https://www.cse.unsw.edu.au/~billw/ditransitive.html

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  • But note that being ditransitive (or bitransitive, same thing) has nothing to do with prepositions. There are prepositions involved, and not every ditransitive verb participates in the Dative Alternation, which is what relates She gave the book to him and She gave him the book. – John Lawler Nov 29 '16 at 4:10

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