In sentences given below, which pair of sentences (the "a" pair or the "b" pair) has the correct structure?

1a. It is required you to remind in evening time.
2a. Mother’s Day is around the corner and we want it to make a special one!


1b. It is required to remind you in evening time. 2b. Mother’s Day is around the corner and we want to make it a special one!

Please give the justification, if possible.

  • what do you think about these sentence?
    – Maulik V
    May 8, 2015 at 4:41
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    Not only are both sentences ungrammatical, they're so ungrammatical that I can't understand what they're supposed to be communicating. Can you explain what meaning you're trying to convey?
    – user8399
    May 8, 2015 at 5:30
  • If I have asked you to get a XYZ book for me tomorrow and now, I asking about reminder then which one of above sentence’s structure is correct? May 8, 2015 at 9:14
  • Same doubt (Order of words) in sentences given 1) Mother’s Day is around the corner and we want to make it a special one! 2) Mother’s Day is around the corner and we want it to make a special one! May 8, 2015 at 9:50
  • From the examples it is not possible to understand who is reminding whom. Additional context is needed. If you want to change the example phrases, you need to edit your question.
    – user3169
    May 8, 2015 at 18:44

1 Answer 1


Direct object pronouns always go after the verb.

Typical English word order is Subject-Verb-Object. If you put object pronouns in front of the subject, it will strongly seem that you are trying to express the subject with them.

Some verbs take objects. An object for verb X answers the question "who or what is being X'ed"

I will remind you about this later.

"You" is an object here, it answers the question "who or what is being reminded." Many verbs describe actions that happen to someone or something, i.e. they have a "target." but still wrong. but still wrong.

The order of words in English is very important. In sentences that are not questions or commands the subject is usually expected to come before the verb. So when you say something like:

I will you remind about this later.

it sounds like you are trying to make the subject of "remind" both I and you. So, reading this, I don't know who you are trying to say is doing the reminding. It doesn't make sense.

You is both the second-person subject and object pronoun, so something like this:

I will him remind about this later.

is easier to untangle. Since him is an object pronoun, I can figure it out, but it still sounds very wrong.

For reference, here's a comparison between English subject and object pronouns.

Person               Subject Pronoun     Object Pronoun
-------------------- ------------------- -------------------
1st singular         I                   me
1st plural           we                  us

2nd singular         you                 you
2nd plural           you                 you

3rd singular m.      he                  him
3rd singular f.      she                 her
3rd plural           they                them
  • Could you pleaes elaborate? or pls provide an example, if possible May 11, 2015 at 10:22
  • Thank you for explaining....But I have seen sentences like this (I want you to check about examination's date) where "you" comes before verb "to check", so is this incorrect? May 12, 2015 at 6:00
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    No, it's correct. I think with this, there are two phrases - I want you and to check about the examination's date. You is the object of I want, and the phrase to check about the examination's date qualifies I want you.
    – LawrenceC
    May 12, 2015 at 11:43

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