Questions tagged [benefactives]

The tag has no usage guidance.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
81
votes
4answers
18k views

What's wrong with “I'll open you the door”?

When I call the buzzer outside my girlfriend's flat, she sometimes says *"I'll open you the door". I correct this to "I'll open the door for you". I've never heard a native speaker say it the first ...
4
votes
4answers
14k views

“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 ...