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PREPOSITIONS. Preposition omitted after other verbs; before indirect object

The preposition was also omitted before the indirect object of some verbs, such as "say," "question," just as we still omit it after the corresponding verbs, "tell" and "ask."

“Sayest (to) me so, friend?

“You will say (to) a beggar, nay.

“Still question'd (of) me the story of my life.


“Hear me a word,

it must be a question whether me or word is the direct object. In

“I cry thee mercy,

"mercy" is the direct object. This is evident from the shorter form

“(I) Cry mercy.

After "give," we generally omit "to," when the object of "to" is a personal noun or pronoun. But we could not write--

“A bed-swerver, even as bad as these
That (to whom) vulgars (the vulgar) give bold'st titles.

“Unto his lordship, (to) whose unwished yoke
My soul consents not to give sovereignty.

Somewhat similar is

“This 'longs the text.

for "belongs (to) the text."

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