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grammar doubt - give or give to someone



peiolei
Spain

grammar doubt - give or give to someone
 
Hi everyone. I hope you are having a nice Sunday. I īm writing in the forum because I have a doubt in one question. I don īt know which of the following 2 options is correct:
How much money did she give Tom?
How much money did she give to Tom?
Can you help me?
Thanks in advance,
Paola

27 Sep 2009      



mr.dgdln
Turkey

"How much money did she give Tom?" is the correct answer.

27 Sep 2009     



silviamontra
Spain

I agree with mr.dgdln.
You have give + the indirect object without preposition: I gave Tom the money.
But if you have the direct object first, then is when you use the preposition: I gave the money to Tom.
If you can choose between the two I would choose the first one, though.

27 Sep 2009     



Nereis
Argentina

Give somebody, you use GIVE something TO somebody.
I hope it helps you ,
Have a nice Sunday"!!!! 

27 Sep 2009     



mr.dgdln
Turkey

I was thinking that I didn īt reply explanatory enough. thanks silviamontra and nereis.
 

27 Sep 2009     



lillizen
Brazil

When the verb give and the direct object are together, no preposition, like this:

She gave Tom $10.

but:

She gave $10 to Tom.


So, I would say the correct question is:

How much money did she give Tom?



27 Sep 2009     



peiolei
Spain

Thanks to all of you! You īve been very helpful.

27 Sep 2009     



arkel
Ireland

In my humble opinion as a native both are correct:)

27 Sep 2009     



ballycastle1
United Kingdom

Agreed.

28 Sep 2009     



Kate (kkcat)
Russian Federation

English is now becoming very flexible and I would not be surprised if both ways were correct :))

28 Sep 2009     



Jayho
Australia

Both are perfectly acceptable in Australia

28 Sep 2009     

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