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robjen
Posted: Sunday, July 2, 2017 3:35:58 AM
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I have written an example below.

(ex) Tom wasted me two hours by making me move his furniture around his home.

Is it grammatically correct to say "wasted me two hours"? Thanks.
thar
Posted: Sunday, July 2, 2017 4:49:18 AM

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No.
'To waste' only has a direct object, not an indirect one.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Sunday, July 2, 2017 7:41:49 AM

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I agree, it cannot work.

You would have to use a verb of 'causation' to show the meaning you want.

Tom caused me to waste two hours by making me move his furniture around his home.
or
Tom made me waste two hours by having me move his furniture around his home.

One could also add possession to the object:
Tom wasted two hours of my time by making me move his furniture around his home.

(Personally, I would omit "his home" since that is where I would expect "his furniture" to be.)
It could also be made more concise using a participle phrase.

Tom made me waste two hours moving his furniture around.

TMe
Posted: Sunday, July 2, 2017 10:49:18 AM

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I prefer to write is as ;

Tom made me waste my two hours moving his furniture around.

Hows that DragO, sir?

Wilmar (USA) 1M
Posted: Sunday, July 2, 2017 6:16:43 PM

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Tom wasted two hours of my time helping him move furniture.
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Sunday, July 2, 2017 6:33:05 PM

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i am not sure I would leave the "around his home" out of the sentence.

A person moving furniture could be rearranging in one home or they could be moving it from one building to another, or even as I had to do last weekend from a house to a recycling centre.
Kerry.P
Posted: Sunday, July 2, 2017 9:20:21 PM
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I quite like "wasted me two hours". It's a bit quirky but it appeals to me.

Compare to: I was really hassled with only one day to get everything packed and moved; Sue saved me two hours by packing up the kitchen bitsn.

I know I'm using something like sophistry here, by using 'saved' as the opposite of 'wasted'.

Thoughts? . . .
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