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The usage of gli for the dative case of the third person clitic personal pronoun is very common in speech and informal writing, despite it being considered inappropriate in formal writing. From the Grammatica Italiana Treccani: Per indicare il complemento di termine è sempre più comune, nel parlato e nello scritto informale, l’uso della forma pronominale ...


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If you hear this, was a mistake. Italian has strictly rule on this, so personal pronoun (the one that goes instead of the noun) is always "le" regarding "to her" (a lei) in this case, and "gli" regarding "to him" (a lui). "Gli dico qualcosa (a Laura)" is a mistake.


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