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Offline davel

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Passive voice
« on: June 05, 2018, 09:30:16 am »
Are these sentences in "passive voice"?

1. I was given the money.
2. I was given the money by my parents.

I thought there was a rule that passive voice cannot have the indirect object from the active version of the sentence as the subject of the passive version. I consulted an online grammar book and it refutes this, saying only that if the indirect object is the subject, "to" must be used. 

https://grammar.collinsdictionary.com/easy-learning/active-and-passive

In that case, my sentences are not passive, but if I were to turn them round to be "The money was given to me [by my parents]" they would be passive. If my sentences are not passive, what are they? I am confused.

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Re: Passive voice
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2018, 11:33:38 am »
Look at this site that seems to explain the dilemma: https://www.espressoenglish.net/passive-voice-examples-exercises-present-past/
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Re: Passive voice
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2018, 12:48:33 pm »
Yes they are.
My parents gave me the money.
My parents gave the money to me.
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Re: Passive voice
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2018, 01:53:23 pm »
Thanks, both!

It is becoming clearer, now.
Davel,
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