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Do the following sentences in each pair mean the same?

  • These foods supply the body with necessary vitamins and minerals.
  • These foods supply necessary vitamins and minerals to the body.

  • They are supplying Lebanon with arms.
  • They are supplying arms to Lebanon.
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    Yes, they mean the same. – Jim Apr 15 '15 at 5:17
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    Those sentences don't really make any sense. – Jim Apr 15 '15 at 5:46
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    @Jim Why don't the sentences make sense? They seem fine to me, if vague. – Catija Apr 15 '15 at 6:00
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    @A-friend particularly with the case of "They are supplying arms of Lebanon", you're implying that the arms already belong to Lebanon, which is confusing... because if they have arms already, why would they be being supplied by another group. – Catija Apr 15 '15 at 6:08
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    @A-friend The sentences in your question are fine. All four of them. The two in your comment are problematic. I +1'd Jim's first comment, which is why I didn't say anything. – Catija Apr 15 '15 at 6:16
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The verb supply (amongst other verbs) takes two arguments, one which you might call the medium, and the other which you might call the recipient. With some verbs, the direct and indirect objects are fixed in their roles. However, with supply they can alternate.

The forms:

  • Supply something to someone
  • Supply someone with something

are semantically equivalent, although there one could argue that they emphasise different things.

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Both are correct, they are called Direct & Indirect Objects.

These foods supply the body with necessary vitamins and minerals.

"the body" is the indirect object and "necessary vitamins and minerals" is the direct object.

These foods supply necessary vitamins and minerals to the body.

"necessary vitamins and minerals" is the direct object and "the body" is the indirect object.


They are supplying Lebanon with arms.

"Lebanon" is the indirect object and "arms" is the direct object.

They are supplying arms to Lebanon.

"arms" is the direct object and "Lebanon" is the indirect object.


indirect object = object will receive action by direct object
direct object = object that will give action to the indirect object

Please read here for more information » http://www.myenglishpages.com/site_php_files/grammar-lesson-direct-indirect-object.php

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