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Which one is more correct:

They are thankful for the happiness and the joy they bring them every day

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They are thankful for the happiness and the joy they bring to them every day?

Here, "they" means family and friends.

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  • If you say "bring to" that might suggest they carry happiness and joy in a box. IMO the first is better, and even if they bring food and drink, I would still omit 'to'. OTOH a leader might say "bring it/them to me." Nov 27, 2022 at 19:01
  • @WeatherVane Except in the north of England where "bring it me" and "give it me", or "show it her" or "tell it them" are idiomatic.
    – WS2
    Nov 27, 2022 at 20:09
  • @WS2 nice, do they say "sock it me"? Nov 27, 2022 at 20:11
  • @WeatherVane Quite possibly!
    – WS2
    Nov 27, 2022 at 22:21

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"Bring to" implies that a tangible object(s) is being brought to the people in question. I would omit the "to" in this context. There are a few other grammatical mistakes. This sentence is very awkward. As a general rule, one should avoid using too many of the same pronouns in a single sentence. Instead, one should specify the noun in question. Also, "The happiness and the joy" should be conjoined into "the happiness and joy". A much smoother sentence would be "They are thankful for the happiness and joy that X brings them every day".

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    Bring to doesn't imply a tangible object. It is often heard in relation to emotion or feeling. But I agree, 'to' is a pointless filler word.
    – Chenmunka
    Nov 28, 2022 at 8:51

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