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Aoronly Kwilai
Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2018 5:51:42 AM

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- We should forgive him his faults.

I am not sure if this sentence is correct but what I am sure of is that it would be more correct if 'for' is put between him and his, am I right?
thar
Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2018 6:22:01 AM

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No, what would feel natural to me would be

I forgive him for what he did

And, less common and more poetic, I suppose you could say

I forgive him his faults

(although his faults are traits/characteristics, not actions, so it sounds slightly wrong to me)

To forgive can be intransitive
It is hard to forgive

It can have a direct object - the offending person
I forgive him

It can have an direct object, the person, and an indirect object for + the action
I forgive him for hurting me
I forgive him for what he did



And, rarely and poetically, it can be ditransitive with the person and the offence
I forgive him his crimes

Because of the continued influence of the archaic language of the Lord's Prayer:
Our Father, which art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name,
Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done,
On Earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive them who trespass against us....

(trespass being a sin, not just entering property without permission! Whistle )

But not
I forgive his faults
or
I forgive him for his faults
Aoronly Kwilai
Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2018 8:22:50 AM

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Thank you much thar. Without your explanation, I would get it wrong for who knows how long.
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