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3) “Please let me sleep with the lights on tonight” Andy (a) begged OR (b) pleaded his mother.

Answer

Begged is “more correct”.

But pleaded is sometimes used as a transitive verb too and can thus be regarded as correct, though this is unusual. Usually we’d have to say “he pleaded with her”.

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(a) begged

For (b) to be correct you need to add the word ‘to’ after the word pleaded.

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The answer is begged. 

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“Please let me sleep with the lights on tonight” Andy begged his mother

vs 

“Please let me sleep with the lights on tonight” Andy pleaded (with) his mother

The word “with” seems to be missing if we choose pleaded, while the word “begged” would appear to read better without the inclusion of any additional words.   

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For British English, ‘begged’ is correct, not more correct.

‘Pleaded with her’ is intransitive.

The verb ‘to plead’ is only used transitively in the specialised case of law as in ‘The lawyer pleaded his case’. You cannot have someone pleading his mother.

 

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Thank you “)

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