Is it grammatically correct " Which is correct sentence: "Please provide me with the following documents" or "Please provide me the following documents"

  • The provide + IO + DO ditransitive construction is, I'd say, marginally available ('... will also provide you the way of escape' appears in the Bible (ICor 10:13) in at least one version). But I'd normally avoid it. – Edwin Ashworth Feb 24 '18 at 12:36

Subject at all times to anything @John Lawler may say, I think it is because the verb "provide" is ditransitive.

Please provide the documents, and Please provide me with the documents are both correct. (But Please provide me the documents is NOT correct).

In the first instance the direct object is "the documents", but in the second, where "me" becomes the direct object then "documents" is indirect and hence requires a preposition -"with".

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