give a hug to somebody


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Since give somebody something means the same as give soemthing to somebody, can I also say give a hug to somebody? Because it is not so frequently used as give somebody a hug.
  • e2efour

    Senior Member
    UK English
    You can give a hug to somebody. As you said, it is not as frequent as to give somebody a hug (or even to hug somebody), but we have to use it if the object of the hug is followed by an adjectival or relative clause.
    Example: She gave a hug to Aunt Lilian, who was playing the piano. Try saying that with gave Aunt Lilian a hug!
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