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two objects

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

Hello

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.
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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.
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