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Hi everyone,

sorry if this is a basic question but I am having problems getting my head about sentence structure.

My question is based on the structure of this question: Kannst du mir ein Buch geben?

What rule is that requires that du and mir be next to each other, instead of kannst du ein Buch mir geben?


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In this case, kannst du ein Buch mir geben is completely wrong. If there is a direct object and an indirect object, the indirect object (mir) will be first. "Ein Buch" is the direct object and will, therefore, be placed after the indirect object (mir).

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