Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Offer to do sth = express willingness to do something: ‘She’s offered to help me.’

Invite sb to (do) sth = ask someone if they would like to come to a party, wedding etc., or join you in a social activity: ‘Have you invited Mark and Valerie to the party?’

The usual pattern is offer sb sth (offer + indirect object + direct object): ‘He offered me a job.’ ‘They’ve offered Maria a place on the intermediate course.’

Use offer something to someone only when the direct object is a pronoun or is much shorter than the indirect object: ‘She offered the book to George but he didn’t want it.’ ‘I offered the apple to the first child that could answer my question.’

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