Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Can I do you a favor?




How would you react to this question?


Can I do you a favor?

A wonderful example of a grammatically correct but idiomatically strange question. At least, that's what I thought.


Running a check on Google Fight came up with this result:


Added to that, a normal ]Google search came up with 677,000,000 results for Can I do you a favor? and 247,000,000 hits for Can you do me favor?

I guess my student was unconsciously right. The question, which may sound in the classroom, is perfectly acceptable in real life.


So, can I do you a favor?