What are the differences between the following to sentences? Are they all correct?

  1. Jack introduced me the beautiful world of mathematics.
  2. Jack introduced me to the beautiful world of mathematics.
  3. Jack introduced the beautiful world of mathematics to me.

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Version 1 is incorrect, as "introduce" can't be ditransitive.

Version 3, using "introduce" (something) to (someone), is awkward at best.

Version 2 is good:

Jack introduced me to the beautiful world of mathematics.

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    In support of your point about introduce something [non-sentient] to someone being "awkward" (non-idiomatic), there's this Ngram showing that it's almost always introduced him to art, not introduced art to him. Aug 15, 2018 at 13:45
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    @FumbleFingers ‘the program is a bid to introduce opera to the masses’
    – Eddie Kal
    Aug 15, 2018 at 15:51
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    @EddieKal: Yeah - the general preference is as described (but it's nowhere near an "unbreakable rule" anyway). But some more "abstract" parties to an introduction (the masses, the general public, a wider audience, etc.) are normally mentioned second, regardless of whether the other entity is non-sentient (opera) or a named individual (the young Mozart). Not exactly sure how accurately one could define & describe that area where the general principle is completely reversed though. Aug 15, 2018 at 16:42

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