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English grammar help. Grammar questions from ESL learners

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Postby Lie.K. » Thu Oct 14, 2004 2:17 pm


I find the following sentence in the exercise. In the case of the verb "buy", I wonder if person can be the subject in the passive sentence. I know it is OK with the verb "give"

The sentence is this:
#1 I was bought a nice bicycle for my birthday by my father.
Is this grammatically accepted?

Thank you. :)
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Postby Alan » Fri Oct 15, 2004 2:22 am

Yes, it is, and very commonly used: it's known as an irregular passive.
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