Home Learn English Teach English MyEnglishClub Home Learn English Teach English MyEnglishClub

Please note that these ESL Forums are NOT part of MyEnglishClub. To post at these ESL Forums please register ↑ first.

two objects

English grammar help. Grammar questions from ESL learners

Moderator: Alan

two objects

Postby Lie.K. » Sun Oct 10, 2004 4:14 am


I'd like to ask about passive sentences.
In the exercise we change some active sentences to passive sentences.
If a sentence have two objects, two sentences can be made. However, are both sentences natural to native speakers? Or is one of them too awkward?

For example: I changed 1) to 2) and 3)
1) My uncle gave me a nice watch.
2) I was given a nice watch by my uncle.
3) A nice watch was given me by my uncle.

Do 2) and 3) sound natural?

Thank you.
Silver Member
Posts: 55
Joined: Tue Jan 06, 2004 3:01 pm

Postby Alan » Sun Oct 10, 2004 4:47 am

Yes, although #2 is the more likely to be used. Technically #2 is termed an 'irregular passive', while #3 illustrates a more regular passive formation.
User avatar
EC Teacher
EC Teacher
Posts: 12044
Joined: Mon Dec 29, 2003 7:56 pm
Location: Japan
Status: English Teacher

Return to Grammar Help

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: luckyburger and 13 guests