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I have confirmed with him that this batch of goods will be delivered tomorrow evening.

"confirm" is a transitive verb,why is it followed by an adverb "with" in the above, is it correct?

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  • @Andrew If "confirm" is replaced by "check", does the meaning of the sentence stay the same. "check with sb that ..."
    – user254926
    Commented Sep 11, 2017 at 6:51
  • Same grammar, different meaning. "To check" is not the same as "to confirm".
    – Andrew
    Commented Sep 11, 2017 at 6:53

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"Him" is not the object of "confirmed". "That this batch of goods will be delivered ..." is the object. "With him" is a prepositional phrase that tells us who helped me confirm it.

Similar examples:

I (S) related (V) to the police (PP) my tale of innocence (DO).

I sold to him all my worldly possessions.

I cooked for them the best meal they had ever eaten.

I checked with her that our date for tonight was still on.

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  • Agreed. Nothing can normally intervene between a verb and its obj. But this is an exception where the obj is heavy Commented Sep 11, 2017 at 7:19
  • "Make a phone call to check with the supplier the delivery date." Should I use "check" here, not "confirm"?
    – user254926
    Commented Sep 11, 2017 at 7:41
  • @user254926 It depends what you want to say. "to check" means simply "to query". It usually implies the same thing as "to confirm" (which means "to verify") but it doesn't mean that.
    – Andrew
    Commented Sep 11, 2017 at 14:17

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