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This is the first time my sister has given me affirmative.

Is the above sentence correct? I am a little confused that given me is not a correct word.

With the given sentence I mean to say that this is the first time my sister has given me approval or has approved me. Have I used the correct expression here? Or could I have used a better expression?

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"This is the first time my sister has given me her approval."

Would be better, as approval is an abstract noun, and affirmative is usually used as an adjective, for example affirmative action - you would use it in the same way you would use the word 'positive'.

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If there is a tangible object being passed from one person to another, then we can say it either way:

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a partridge in a pear tree.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave a partridge in a pear tree to me.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me a partridge in a pear tree.

But if what is being given is intangible then we tend not to use to.

She gave me her approval.

I do not like that model car. I would not give it a second look.

Give me some time. I need more time!

She gave me quite a surprise, showing up unannounced like that.

The frayed wire gave him a shock.

Your essay is very good. I will give it a B+.

The risk of running out of gas in the middle of the desert gave me pause.

  • "[somebody] gave to me [something]" isn't a very common construct, indeed regardless of whether it is technically wrong it sounds wrong to me. (Song lyrics are a special case though, and I do like that song.) "Gave me [something]" or "gave [something] to me" are much more common ways of putting it. – nnnnnn May 18 '16 at 2:49
  • give to {pronoun} {something} is relatively rare in contemporary speech. But you will see it in written works. The company gives to all employees when they retire a graphite putter with a platinum head. – Tᴚoɯɐuo May 18 '16 at 10:14
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I think you should use past tense of "give" here. Because at the time you were talking about the "affirmative", it had happened and didn't last.

This is the first time my sister gave me affirmative.

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