Dear experts,

Would you say that CONNECT SOMEONE TO SOMEONE can replace CONNECT SOMEONE WITH SOMEONE in all four meanings (resp. contexts):

1. There is not yet any reason beyond the resemblance in the place-name to connect the people of Ahhiyawa with the Achaians of Greece.

2. Operator, will you please connect me with Mr. Jones?

3. She had an acquaintance in Germany who could connect me with a family for whom I could be a housemaid.

4. (usually Passive) Her family is connected with the King-Browns.

Thank you,
Yur

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Each example, being different, deserves attention.

1. There is not yet any reason beyond the resemblance in the place-name to connect the people of Ahhiyawa with the Achaians of Greece.

This connect means "associate in one's mind"; To is OK.

2. Operator, will you please connect me with Mr. Jones?

To is possible but not as frequent as with. Connect here means "put me through to."

3. She had an acquaintance in Germany who could connect me with a family for whom I could be a housemaid.

To is not likely. Connect here means "put in contact with" or "put in touch with."

4. (usually Passive) Her family is connected with the King-Browns.

It's passive stative. This connected means "related to in some way." To is OK.

Marilyn Martin

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