Preposition 给 gěi

There are two meanings of 给 as a preposition:

1. To indicate the meaning of “for/to”.

A V-O
dàzuòjiā gěi qiānmíng.
大作家 签名。

The famous writer signed his name for me.

gěi lǎorén ràngzuò.
老人 让座。

He gave his seat to the old man.

bàba gěi mǎile yìshuāng xīnxié.
爸爸 买了 一双 新鞋。

Dad bought a pair of new shoes for me.

2. 给 also can be used to indicate “…to a person”.

A B V-O
bàba gěi māma sòng méiguihuā.
爸爸 妈妈 送 玫瑰花。

Dad sent some roses to mother.

gěi měiguóde péngyǒu xiěxìn.
美国的 朋友 写信。

I wrote letters to my American friends.

gěi jì xīnniánhèkǎ.
寄 新年贺卡。

He sent a New Year card to me.

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