Actually, it's all in the title.

  1. Would you make me a cup of coffee, please?
  2. Would you make a cup of coffee for me, please?

Is there any difference either in the meaning or traditional usage?

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    Number 1 allows my father-in-law to respond, “Ok you’re a cup of coffee.”
    – Jim
    Apr 27, 2017 at 14:38
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    As long as you wind up getting a cup of coffee out of it, either one's OK. But only in that situation. A sentence like *Would you open me the door, please? is ungrammatical. Apr 27, 2017 at 14:48
  • Some of these decisions on ditransitivity / benefactiveness (?) are not held by everyone. 'Pick me some flowers' usually causes a divide. Apr 27, 2017 at 15:15
  • @JohnLawler Thanks, got it. Should I delete the question or should it be market as a duplicate? Apr 27, 2017 at 18:04
  • @ZverevEugene You're welcome. Don't worry about the question. Apr 28, 2017 at 14:26

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If I got it right, the question is already answered here: What's wrong with “I'll open you the door”?

I don't pretend to fully understand the concept of an object (a cup of coffee in my case) being either transferred or not from a subject (non-described state of the semi-finished coffee in my case) to an indirect object (me in my case). But I see enough to begin reading further.

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