There were some gloves on the floor, so I picked them up and put them on the table.

Could you explain why it's necessary to repeat "them" after "and"? Is it not clear the object after "and"? I think the sentence would be easier to read if we could write "... so I picked them up and put on the table."

I can't say like that, right? In my native language it's possible and often we don't repeat "them" after "and".

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    I think the simple answer is that put is a transitive verb here, so it needs an object. If you leave out them, it's missing its object.
    – stangdon
    Jul 30, 2022 at 0:13

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Coordinated verbs can share a single direct object in English, but the direct object must come outside of the coordinated phrase. For example:

There were some gloves on the floor; I saw and took them.

However, that isn't possible with your sentence (because of "up" and "on the table"). Therefore, both direct objects must be written out, as in your original sentence.

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