What is the correct way to direct a request:

"Would you please e-mail me the check?"


"Would you please e-mail to me the check?"

And why?

  • Related/ Possible Duplicate. There are at least two previous posts dealing with this.
    – Kris
    Oct 30 '14 at 13:01

"E-mail me the check" sounds right to me, and "e-mail to me the check" does not. "E-mail the check to me" however, does sound correct. This is typical of ditransitive verbs in English: there is a choice between "me" as a direct object (without a preposition) and an indirect object (with a preposition), but the choice is often dictated by things like word order and whether or not the objects are pronouns.

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    Well, aside from the minor detail that a check, being a physical object, cannot be emailed, regardless of the grammar...
    – Marthaª
    Nov 7 '10 at 2:38
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    Indeed. Note that if you swapped the order of the objects, it would be "e-mail the check to me" instead of "e-mail the check me"
    – Dusty
    Nov 8 '10 at 0:14
  • @Marthaª One meaning of "check" is a bill (in particular, a restaurant one), which certainly can exist in a digital-only, emailable form.
    – M. Justin
    Apr 15 at 7:28

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