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    which is correct?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Cacian, Dec 26, 2011.

    1) Answer this
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    2) Answer me this?
     
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    #1. The second is some kind of slang or colloquialism, so I would say it's not totally incorrect, but not really correct either.
     
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    The second is quite commonly used. No problem as far as I can see.
     
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    being in common use does not = 'correct'...

    so #1 is grammatically correct and #2 is incorrect grammar, though often used in speaking...
     
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    I'm not completely certain, but in #2, would "me" not be considered an indirect object, and therefore make the sentence perfectly acceptable?
     
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    i see it as an elided version of 'answer this for me'... in which case the unstated object would be 'question'...
     
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    that is right...this is what I was looking for thank you mamma.
     
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    The verb 'answer' does not take 'me' as a direct object unless it is in the imperative - 'Answer me!' In the above sentence, the direct object is 'this', and the 'me' seems like a remnent of a prepositional phrase, like 'for me'. But it cannot be a direct object in this sentence because that function is already fulfilled by 'this' ;-)
     

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