I Have Been reading respect reciprocal pronouns and their rules/uses, but I haven't Found the reason why sometimes they are preceded by "to" .For example:

"Brenda and Lana speak TO each other every day" "Peter and David hate each other"

Both are valids? Or Am i losing a grammar fact respect to this? Can I say "Brenda and Lana speak each other every day" / "Peter and David hate TO each other?

Thanks in advance!

  • Brenda and Lana speak English every day. The object of "speak" is some attribute of the speech. The object of "hate" is the target of that hate. – Hot Licks Jun 28 '18 at 1:27

The issue is with the verb, not the nouns. In your sentences, speak is intransitive and hate is transitive. That's why the word hate can take each other as a direct object whereas speak can't.

An intransitive verb has two characteristics. First, it is an action verb, expressing a doable activity like arrive, go, lie, sneeze, sit, die, etc. Second, unlike a transitive verb, it will not have a direct object receiving the action. - Grammar Bites!

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