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Can we say "Did you fix me that account?" Or should it be "Did you fix that account for me?" assuming something is wrong with the account. Account represents a computer based system user id.

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    "fix me" can get used for things like, "Would you fix me some eggs?" or "Could I fix you some breakfast?" But always in a sense of "to make" and usually used with food.
    – Jim
    Commented Aug 26, 2012 at 7:08
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    Constructions like fix him his car do appear in regional dialects in AmE. It is not mainstream. The insurance company refused to fix him his car.
    – TimR
    Commented Apr 19 at 19:49

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It is always

'Did you fix that account for me?'

More politely:

'Did you manage to fix that account?',

or

'Did you fix my account?'

if it is your own account.

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    Or even, "Is that account fixed yet?" or "Did that account ever get fixed?"
    – Jim
    Commented Aug 26, 2012 at 7:04
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Ditransitive constructions in English do seem to occur idiosyncratically (I can't avoid that word!) rather than predictably. English Ditransitive Verbs: Aspects of Theory ... - by Joybrato Mukherjee (some parts available online) gives a good analytical overview of prototypical to peripheral examples. Colleman and De Clerk ( http://benjamins.com/series/fol/15-2/art/02col.pdf ) also give a good and thorough treatment, including a table of 'Ditransitive verb classes in English and associated constructional subsenses'. (A list!)

There does seem to be a gradual increase in the number of verbs, and number of allowable direct objects, used in such structures. 'Pick me a bunch of flowers' seems more common nowadays. The multi-word verb variant "fix me up a" gives a lot of returns, with diverse object types, in a Google search. The expression 'led her a merry dance', surely involving a reduced prepositional phrase, has acquired a similar form as a ditransitive construction, and 'led them a wild goose chase' is becoming more common.

However, the few relevant examples of "fix me that" that I've found in a Google search all have an item of food or drink as direct object. There are more hits for "fix me a", almost all food- (eg sandwich, little lunch) or drink- (eg martini, cuppa) related, but with 'scene' and 'pallet' as exceptions. These are from the arts world and the music world (lyrics, in fact) respectively, and, I'd say, push the usual bounds.

I'd stick to the for-phrase version.

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  • In Britain we don't usually fix food do we? That expression always seems to me to suggest spiking. We fix the car, and fix the date of the village fête, but I'd be suspicious if anyone said they'd "fix me a drink". Slightly more seriously, there are plenty of verbs which take an immediately following indirect object in that way - less awkwardly than "fix". 'Would you "buy me some eggs", "build me a house", "pass me the salt", "throw me a towel" etc.'
    – WS2
    Commented Apr 19 at 19:48
  • I've a list of 290 verbs that license the double-object construction, with caveats. 'Provide them an excuse' is allowable in the US but probably not (yet) in the UK. As Tim implies above, 'fixed him his car' is perhaps heading for mainstream in the US. UK usage tends to follow in the wake in such cases. / 'Hum me it' was the cause for debate in a Maxwell book (by M J Trow). Commented Apr 19 at 22:09

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