Question This is the CD I lent (to) Tom.

Discussion in '英語勉強フォーラム - Learning English' started by hirashin, Sep 29, 2018.

  1. hirashin

    hirashin Sempai
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    Dear native English speakers,
    Which would be used? If all are used, what's the difference between one with "to" and one without "to"?

    (1a) This is the CD I lent Tom.
    (1b) This is the CD I lent to Tom.

    (2a) This is the CD I lent him.
    (2b) This is the CD I lent to him.

    Hirashin
     
  2. Buntaro

    Buntaro 運動不足

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    Hirashin,

    All are correct but 1b and 2a are the most common. The rules for pronouns are just different. We can say:

    1. look a word up in a dictionary
    2. look up a word in a dictionary
    3. look it up in a dictionary
    4. (wrong) look up it in a dictionary

    1, 2 and 3 are okay but 4 is a mistake. Students just have to learn the rules of exception for pronouns.
     

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