Verb + two objects = TO or FOR?

Some verbs can be followed by two objects: an Indirect Object (IO) and a Direct Object (DO).

The first object (the IO) is usually a person or a group of people, and the second object (DO) is usually a thing. Like this:

I read Suzanne  (a person = IO) a story ( a thing = DO).

Can you bring me (a person = IO) some milk (a thing = DO)?

With many verbs that can have two objects, it is possible to reverse the order of the objects, placing the DO before the IO. In this case, we put FOR or TO before the IO. Compare:

 I read a story (DO) to Suzanne (IO)

Can you bring some milk (DO) for me (IO)?

For us, Brazilians, it’s sometimes difficult to understand which verb goes with TO and/or  FOR. So here’s a list of some verbs that can be followed by to and/or  for: Prepositional Phrases_verbs followed TO FOR

I hope it helps!!


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