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    Default I was told

    Dear friends...

    What's the difference?

    1. I was told...
    2. They told me...

    Thanks

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    Default Re: I was told

    Not a teacher. 'I was told...' is a passive sentence and 'They told me...' is a active sentence. If you want to change 'They told me...' into passive sentence, write 'I was told...'. But if you want to change 'I was told...(by sb)' into active sentence, 'They told me...' is just the answer when somebody=them.

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    Default Re: I was told

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    Dear friends...

    What's the difference?

    1. I was told...
    2. They told me...

    Thanks
    No difference for the meaning. I was told, focus on "I", They told me, focus on "They"

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    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    Dear friends...

    What's the difference?

    1. I was told...
    2. They told me...

    Thanks
    I think I agree to ha179 both sentence are different in meaning.

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    Default Re: I was told

    In that case, I don't think you agree at all.

    The only difference is that one is active and one is passive.


    With "they told me" your reader/listener must know who "they" are, while in the passive, it's not important who told you; it's only important that you were told.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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