Verbs that Must Have an Object

English with a Smile

advise  Mike Fernwood

You’ve got to follow this Tip to make you sound like a native speaker of English.

Some verbs need to have an object after the verb. If they don’t have an object, the sentence is grammatically incorrect. To native ears such a sentence will sound strange. They’ll probably ask you: “Come again?”

The object is the person or thing that an action is done to.

For instance, you can say: 1 My father told me to buy insurance for that trip.

And not: 2 My father told to buy insurance for that trip.

“Me” is the object here (in the first sentence). You always need to tell someone.

So that’s why the second sentence is wrong.

Non-native speakers make lots of mistakes with this, so read this carefully.

Let’s take another verb that always has to have an object: allow.

I need to allow someone to do something.

Thus…

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