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Question re: proper usage of to + infinitive construction

I have recently been asked about the grammatical accuracy of the sentence "My mother bought the book for me to study English." This sentence is meant to convey that the writer's mother ...
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Why don't we have a preposition after “buy” in this sentence

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.
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Which one is more appropriate to use: “send you” or “send to you”?

Are both of the following sentences correct? Let me know if there is still something I need to send to you. Let me know if there is still something I need to send you. Which one is more appropriate ...
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Is “Whom did you give the book?” ungrammatical?

You gave him the book.                       (1) Based on the sentence (1), it seems to me that the following form of question is possible: ...
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“I gave him + INDIRECT OBJECT” vs. “I gave + INDIRECT OBJECT+ to him”

Consider these two sentences: "I gave him a pencil," and, "I gave a pencil to him." Is it correct that the important part of the sentence is placed at the end? When we want to emphasize the pencil ...
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What are some give-type verbs that cannot undergo straight dative alternation?

The following dative alternations sound off to me: I want to donate my clothes to charity. --> I want to donate charity my clothes. He has to submit his paper to his teacher. --> He has to ...
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Why “answer me” but not “answer me the question”?

Why are "answer me" and "answer the question" acceptable but not "answer me the question"? Is it similar to "explain me (something)"?
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“to throw someone something” vs “to throw something at someone”

In the following sentence, the need for the at preposition is clear: "He threw something at him" However, if I started the sentence the other way round, it would feel (at least to me) as if the ...
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Is “she was peeled an orange (by me)” unacceptable in English?

Is "she was peeled an orange (by me)" unacceptable in English when 'she' is interpreted as an intended recipient? I found Kay (1996: 11-12) claims that "I'll peel you an orange" has two possible ...
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Is saying “Let me show you it” totally wrong?

My kids (8-10yrs) love to say things like this. It just rolls naturally out and I correct them often. Is there is a specific reason the grammar is wrong? Maybe for the brain it is more direct than ...
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Can the verb “gain” take two complements?

Is it correct to say: The prudent guidance and innovation gained Jane and John much fame. I think that this sentence is grammatically incorrect because the verb gain cannot take two complements ...
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Reflexive love: where does “love me some …” come from?

It seems trendy to use a reflexive-like construction with love or hate plus some, like this: You know I love me some cheese! I hate me some cold and the temperature is dropping. Where did this come ...
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“make me a cup of coffee” vs “make a cup of coffee for me”

Actually, it's all in the title. Would you make me a cup of coffee, please? Would you make a cup of coffee for me, please? Is there any difference either in the meaning or traditional ...
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Is it a prepositional or a ditransitive phrase? [closed]

Prepositional phrase? I resolved not to allow frivolous preoccupations to deflect me. (I cause, not to receive frivolous preoccupations to deflect me) It had, after all, brought home to me (the ...
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“Share me” or “Share with me”?

I heard people saying: Can you please share me the slides? or Can you share me the note, etc.? I think it should be: Can you please share the slides with me? or Can you share the ...

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