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Can someone explain this sentence to me?

What does をあげます, means in the phrase 私はジョンにそのりんごをあげます。?

March 25, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sUperCOO5l

をあげます means give . 私はジョンにそのりんごをあげます。means i give John the apple. give in this sentence means that John didn't have an apple so you gave John your apple. "I give John the apple"!

March 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IsolaCiao

"I give John that apple."

あげます means "give", and the particle を marks what is being given (in this case そのりんごを, so "that apple" is being given).

March 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sUperCOO5l

Do you understand now?

March 25, 2019

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私は (as for me) ジョンに (to John) そのりんごを (that apple) あげます。(give).

So, basically, I give John that apple.

Also, here's a fun bonus fact: あげる also means "to raise" with the implication here being that you're humbly "raising" a gift to someone else. So あげる only applies when you're giving something to someone else. There's a different word for when you describe someone giving something to you.

March 29, 2019
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