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11:41 Feb 13, 2009
English to English translations [PRO] Slang / Grammar
English term or phrase:"Find me..."
I was interested in what people's opinions were on this sentence structure.
For example: "Find me a book."
Although very common English, I was under the impression that it wasn't strictly correct? Similar to how "Recommend me a book" and "Choose me a book" are common but frowned upon.
However, some of my friends have started to make me doubt myself...
I've looked in my reference books and not found anything that discusses this particular example. Perhaps someone could clear this up for me?
That's really interesting, Gemma. Why do you think they're 'incorrect'? Is it the 'me' after the verb, rather than 'for me' after the object?
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Reference information: I'm no native speaker but I would like to add that structures like this are meant for two reasons: to keep the language alive and to make a difference for the users. Teenagers, for instance, are very fond of grammatical incorrect forms just to show themselves different. It happened to us all ... and it is fun. Luck.
So, the verbs find and choose can have either format. However, the verb recommend is a bit different. I would correct my students by asking them to omit the "me" altogether where it's self-evident, and to use "recommend a book for/to me" where it isn't, and in written English
Reference information: Bible, Psalms 55:8
I would haste to find me a shelter from the raging wind and tempest.
Find me a sane man, bring him to me, and I will cure him.
The Canterbury Tales, The Knight's Tale;
But whereas ye have proffer'd me to-day
To choose me a wife... www.textlibrary.com/download/canterbu.txt
The Merchant of Venice, Act I.
But this reasoning is not in the fashion to choose me a husband.
The Fortunes of Nigel, by Sir Walter Scott
Choose me a pair of his most Sacred Majesty’s own wearing,
The Upas Tree by Florence L. Barclay (1862-1921) (A Project Gutenberg book)
...could you... choose me a small organ for the new church?