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Tell Me Another - Verbs With 2 Objects

Quiz playing is a wonderful way to increase your knowledge of English as a Second Language. Remember that all of our ESL quizzes have titles that are both friendly and technical at the same time… In the case of this quiz you might like to tell your friends about “Tell Me Another” but no doubt your teachers will talk about the “Verbs With 2 Objects quiz”! If you hear a technical term and you want to find a quiz about the subject then just look through the list of quiz titles until you find what you need.

Tell me another looks at verbs with two objects.

If I give my dog a bone, that action involves two grammatical Objects: the bone (the Direct Object: the item actually given), and the dog (the Indirect Object, to whom it is given).

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Languages can handle 'three-way' verbs in various different ways, sometimes depending on whether either of the two objects is in the form of a noun or pronoun. This quiz will give you practice at handling such sentences, which should be useful if your own language deals with them differently.

'Tell me another' is what English speakers may say if they have just heard something surprising, or funny... or which they suspect may not be true!

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  1. Choose the answer which best fills the gap/s using good, clear, accurate English.
    'I'll ask my brother to ... ... , to go in your garden.'
    Any of the other Answers would be possible, but less natural, except Answer 3 which we would never say.
  2. Choose the answer which best fills the gap/s using good, clear, accurate English.
    'Would it help if I ... ... for your coffee, later ?'
    Answer 2 is also possible, but it stacks-up two 'for ...'-groups in a row, which is not very tidy style.
  3. Choose the answer which best fills the gap/s using good, clear, accurate English.
    We have been teaching ... ... for several years.
    Answer 1 is the shortest, simplest and clearest; Answer 2 is possible. The other two do not make ready sense.
    It would also, of course, be possible to say 'we teach English students' ; but that suggests that the students are themselves English, and therefore (presumably) learning something else.
  4. Choose the answer which best fills the gap/s using good, clear, accurate English.
    'When she was 18 her father ... ... '
    When the Indirect Object is a pronoun, it usually comes before the noun which is the Direct Object.
  5. Choose the answer which best fills the gap/s using good, clear, accurate English.
    (...) But that was the one and only time he bought ... ... ; after that, she had to pay for her own!
    Answer 2 is also possible: 'one' = 'a car' (i.e. one unit of what we were referring to before, which was cars).
  6. Choose the answer which best fills the gap/s using good, clear, accurate English.
    'If you're short of CDs, I can easily lend ... ... .'
    Again, the Indirect Object ('[to] you') comes first; 'some' = 'some discs'.
  7. Choose the answer which best fills the gap/s using good, clear, accurate English.
    'I have always loved this holiday cottage, and was delighted when my grandparents offered ... ... for our honeymoon.'
    There would be two people involved in the honeymoon (presumably!), so we change the agreement of the Indirect Object ('me') to the plural form ('us'); 'it' ( = the house) comes later, as the Direct Object.
  8. Choose the answer which best fills the gap/s using good, clear, accurate English.
    'Pick any card, but please don't show ... ... !'
    Answer 2 is also possible, but the magician is probably more likely to use Version 1 because the most important part of his trick is that you do not show the card ('Don't show it'') ~ so the 'show it' needs to be kept close together to emphasise the importance of that.
  9. Choose the answer which best fills the gap/s using good, clear, accurate English.
    'We wish ... ...
    And a Happy New Year!'
    (This is the refrain of a popular Christmas carol)
    We usually 'wish somebody something' in English, such as wishing them a safe journey.
  10. Choose the answer which best fills the gap/s using good, clear, accurate English.
    There is a famous end-of-evening song, whose chorus begins :
    ' ... ... !'
    You may hear this sung (probably more as a joke) at the end of a party!

Author: Ian Miles

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