buy someone /buy for someone

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I've read this sentence:

What have you bought your sister for her birthday?
why not for your sister?
  • entangledbank

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    English - South-East England
    There are two ways of saying it as a statement. They can both be turned into a question. In the statement, the word order is also different:

    I bought a present for my sister.
    I bought my sister a present.

    When you turn the direct object into a question word, it goes to the front, so the only word order difference between the questions is the word 'for', but really they still have their different structures:

    What did you buy __ for your sister?
    What did you buy your sister __?
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