Both are perfectly acceptible. I think the second one would sound better with a direct object: Romeo wrote Juliet a letter, or Romeo wrote Juliet that he loved her.
If the two are meant to be equivalent statements, then the first is a better way of stating it, since in this case, "Juliet" is dative and not accusative. Putting the "to" in front of her name makes that explicit and removes the ambiguity.honestrosewater said:matt, if you're still there, (or anyone else) just out of curiosity, what do you think of
Romeo wrote to Juliet.
?? Is it acceptable? Is it the same, better, or worse than
Romeo wrote Juliet.
Yeah, two constructions (in English) for a ditransitive verb (a Verb having a Subject, Direct Object, and Indirect Object) are theselfAdjoint said:Both are perfectly acceptible. I think the second one would sound better with a direct object: Romeo wrote Juliet a letter,
I'm not sure that there is a DO or IO position in Romeo wrote Juliet that he loved her. I think that is functioning as a Complementizer here, embedding he loved her, and I'm not sure that a Complementizer Phrase (CP) can occupy an object position (I think perhaps only DPs can occupy object positions). And if Juliet is here actually the PP to Juliet with the to dropped, then wrote is here intransitive. The referent of Juliet is the goal participant, but Juliet is not the IO. I'm still very much learning though, so who knows. I don't see why it wouldn't make sense to assign a CP a single θ-role, which I guess would be the patient role here, but I don't know. Bleh.or Romeo wrote Juliet that he loved her.