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Why don't we have a preposition after buy in this sentence?

  • Each dollar in my asset column was a great employee,
    working hard to make more employees and buy the boss a new Porsche.
  • Welcome to EL&U! This might better fit the English Language Learners StackExchange. To answer your question, I suggest you look up the concept of a "double object." For the verb buy here, "the boss" is the indirect object and "a new Porsche" is the direct object. In this construction, a preposition is not required. – TaliesinMerlin Sep 21 '20 at 17:41
  • Which preposition would you expect, and why? – John Lawler Sep 21 '20 at 18:10
  • Some verbs undergo the dative shift (He bought a cycle for me ⇔ He bought me a cycle) while some don't (He acquired a cycle for me ⇔ *He acquired me a cycle). Note that 'for' is dropped in for instance 'and buy the boss a new Porsche'. – Edwin Ashworth Sep 21 '20 at 19:03
  • You could optionally add to to make it ...and to buy the boss a new Porsche. – Davo Sep 21 '20 at 19:13
  • Thank you a lot @TaliesinMerlin, today I learn the "double object verbs" grammar. Thank you a lot. – Luan Pham Sep 22 '20 at 3:03

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