"present you" v. "present to you" [the president]

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Larissa2000

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English USA
Hi, a French friend asked me if it was wrong to say," Ladies and gentlemen, may I present you the President" - like an introduction at an event

I think it needs to be "present to you" - am I wrong? Can it be both?

Thanks.
 
  • perpend

    Banned
    American English
    I could see this: Ladies and gentlemen, may I present the President.

    Also: Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you ... the President.

    The other version makes my ears take offence: Ladies and gentlemen, may I present you the President.

    I think your instincts are working.
     

    redgiant

    Senior Member
    Cantonese, Hong Kong
    I don't know if there's something wrong with "to you", but I read in this post that "Let me introduce you to someone", just like "may I present you the President", is also inappropriate when making an introduction in front of an audience. It should be "Let me introduce someone".
     

    Larissa2000

    Senior Member
    English USA
    I don't know if there's something wrong with "to you", but I read in this post that "Let me introduce you to someone", just like "may I present you the President", is also inappropriate when making an introduction in front of an audience. It should be "Let me introduce someone".

    The above is different because it's a personal introduction with "introduce." There is nothing wrong with "to you" in the sentence I posted.
     

    Barque

    Senior Member
    Tamil
    You'll need to improve the punctuation (a comma after the address) and correct the spelling mistake.

    I suppose some people might use that structure but I don't particularly like it.
     
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