Usage of 向

Jaime_Andres

Jaime_Andres

Hello everyone, I had a few questions regarding the usage of 向, which appears in lesson 3.1 Catching A Ride: http://members.rocketlanguages.com/lessons/261 According to this lesson, 向 can be translated to english as "to". In this lesson, it is used as 你可以向我推荐。。。 which means "Can you recommend to me...". I understand clearly the usage of 向 in this sentence, and was wondering if using 向 in the following sentences would be correct as well: - 向 [name]: (This is the typical introduction used when writing a letter, if you understand the context I'm trying to imply ). - 给向谁?: (Give to whom? ) - 你可以向我唱歌吗 ? (Can you sing to me?) - 你可以向他给这个吗 ? (Can you give this to him?) And this list goes on and on, I will think of more sentences. But they generally follow the same pattern as the ones above. Thanks in advance
Lin-Ping

Lin-Ping

你好Jaime! The first sentence you provide, if you would like to use the word 向, you will need to change the word order to - 向谁给… To be honest, the word 向 is not used a lot in these contexts, it is used more for the movement of object or people i.e. 他向外边走。 Although the following two sentences are grammatically correct, they sound a little odd and I will provide some alternatives. - 你可以向我唱歌吗? - 你可以给我唱歌吗? this is much more natural and you are more likely to hear this. - 你可以向他给这个吗? - 你可以给他这个吗? Once again, the word 向 is used more for physical movement as opposed to directing transitive verbs. If you do want to use it however, just remember the word order: 向 + somebody/something + verb I hope this helps, - Lin Ping
Jaime_Andres

Jaime_Andres

Thank you very much Lin.

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