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Usage of “to” in the statement

Is there any difference between the two statements below? If yes, please let us know the difference. I sent him a note yesterday I sent a note to him yesterday If both the statements are ...
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How did the prepositions up and down both come to be associated with writing?

Per this question "Writing things down" vs. "writing things up", it is clear that things can be written "up" (typically in respect to longer entries that are being thoroughly ...
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Can a prepositional phrase act as an indirect object?

For example, in the sentence: I baked a cake for my mom. Direct object (DO): cake Indirect object (IO): for my mom Some webpages say IO can only come before DO While others explain that a ...
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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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Can you use a ditransitive construction with the verb 'to attribute'?

Examples: John attributed his cold to his wife. Jane attributed wisdom to her father that he didn't really possess. The above are standard transitive constructions. Can I then properly say the ...
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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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TOEFL gerund vs infinitive question [closed]

While doing my TOEFL prep I encountered the following statement where I am asked to find which of the bold words is being used wrongly in the sentence: If one has a special medical condition such ...
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verbs with two direct objects

In German the verb fragen takes 2 direct objects. Is it the same in English? I ask you something. Or is the person being asked considered an indirect object? If so, can I reformulate it using ...
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Use of verb to give is used alone or with preposition “to”? [duplicate]

Why is it that when I say "I will give this book to my daughter", I am using the verb "give" and the preposition "to", but "to" is not used in the following: "What kind of names do people in your ...
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Direct and indirect object with the verb “kick” [closed]

Are both theses sentences correct and commonly used: "Kick the ball to me." "Kick me the ball."?
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“Bring down X” vs. “bring X down” [duplicate]

I am unable to understand the difference between these two sentences: I want him to bring down the opponents. I want him to bring the opponents down. Which is right and when should each be ...
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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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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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Why not “I opened him the door”? [duplicate]

In actions that involve another person, we can structure sentences like the following examples: I drove him home. I cooked him a meal. I gave him a spoon. I threw him the ball. I'm not sure of the ...

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