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the kidnappers have given us until October 11th to deliver the documents

(From the Google's dictionary.)

Is the noun "time" ellipted and functioning as an implied direct object, thus rendering "us" to be an indirect object in the sentence above?

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What I mean is the kidnappers have given us Emotion: time until October 11th to deliver the documents.

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If you type "so" in parentheses, you get a football Emotion: football! In the past I have suggested that these bizarre and unwanted substitutions should be removed.

Anyway, as far as the question is concerned:

1. The kidnappers have given us until October 11th to deliver the documents.
2. The kidnappers have given us time until October 11th to deliver the documents.

I'm pretty sure that (1) is not a shortened form of (2). To me (2) doesn't seem as natural as (1). It seems more likely that the direct object of "give" in (1) is "until October 11th", though there may be an element of "idiomaticisation", such that we are not strongly conscious or perceptive of this in normal use. Compare also "We have until October 11th".

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I apologise for that clock in my post. It's occurred completely unintentionally there . It was meant to be [ time ] instead.

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Hello tkacka,

Please don't apologise because it's not your fault😊. Once I replied to a poster, the forum automatically added a picture of a computer😊 instead of my word "computer". I don't know why it happened. So, take it easy. Here's the link below:

https://www.englishforums.com/English/DifferenceBetweenAAndThe/bnmxgx/post.htm#sc2568804

Best wishes,

Joseph

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