since 1997, the world's premier FREE website for learners + teachers of English

two objects

English grammar questions, answered by Alan

Moderator: Alan

Silver Member
Posts: 57
Joined: Tue Jan 06, 2004 3:01 pm

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.

User avatar
EC Teacher
EC Teacher
Posts: 12770
Joined: Mon Dec 29, 2003 7:56 pm
Status: English Teacher
Location: Japan

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.

Return to “Grammar Help”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 7 guests