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Ditransitive verb

In grammar, a ditransitive verb is a verb which takes a subject and two objects (normally a direct object and an indirect object). Some examples of ditransitive verbs include:

Which can be written:

In some cases the first form sounds wrong or at least unusual:

And in some cases the second form sounds wrong:

Most of these rules may seem to be quite arbitrary and are learnt only instinctively by native speakers.

See also transitive and intransitive.