Which is correct? “I gave to nanny the keys” or “I gave the keys to nanny”?

The second sentence is correct. One usually gives something to someone.

*The new student gave a rose to John.

It is also possible to give someone something. In this case, “to” is not used. You do not “give to someone”.

*Please give the architect these diagrams.

S. UPENDRAN, The Hindu- ‘Know Your English’ Series, May 16, 2005

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