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Which of the following sentences are correct?

And please explain to me the meaning of each sentence. Why correct? Or Why wrong?

  1. I give you money.
  2. I give money you.
  3. I give money to you.
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  • (1) and (3) are different ways of saying the same thing - both correct. (2) is incorrect (I can't tell you why, it's just not how we say it in English). Aug 24, 2021 at 15:50
  • I personally sometimes say Give it me, but that's probably down to me "swallowing / failing to articulate" the preposition in the full form Give it to me, rather than an actual "resequencing" as per your example #2. Which as @Kate says is "incorrect". Aug 24, 2021 at 15:57
  • @FumbleFingers - Yes, I wondered whether to mention constructions such as "I'll give it you tomorrow", but decided to keep things simple! Aug 24, 2021 at 16:09
  • I'm a Southerner, and I don't think I've often if ever heard this direct/indirect object inversion from my peers down south. I picked it up from my Lancastrian father - so noting that you're in Derby, I wonder if it's [primarily?] a Northern British usage (I find it hard to imagine hearing Give it me! in an American accent). I also note that only a few specific combinations of objects (always pronouns?) and tenses seem to work. I'm sure you agree with me that we can't say I gave the book John yesterday with no preposition. Aug 24, 2021 at 16:19

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