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    #1

    The doll was given to me/ me by him.

    He gave me a doll.

    If we change the above sentence to a passive form, it will be...

    1. I was given a doll by him.

    2. A doll was given to me by him

    What I'm wondering about is if it is possible to say

    3. A doll was given me by him.


    Also,

    Is it grammatically correct to say

    '4.I was brought a book by him'? - The passive form if He brought me a book.


    Thank you so much - in advance.

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    #2

    Re: The doll was given to me/ me by him.

    1. I was given a doll by him.
    2. A doll was given to me by him
    3. A doll was given me by him.
    4.I was brought a book by him?


    You may hear #3 and #4, but they sound unnatural to me. #2 is grammatically OK, but #1 is far more natural.
    Last edited by 5jj; 28-Feb-2012 at 09:51. Reason: mistake corrected

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    #3

    Re: The doll was given to me/ me by him.

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    He gave me a doll.

    If we change the above sentence to a passive form, it will be...

    1. I was given a doll by him.

    2. A doll was given to me by him

    What I'm wondering about is if it is possible to say

    3. A doll was given me by him.


    Also,

    Is it grammatically correct to say

    '4.I was brought a book by him'? - The passive form if He brought me a book.


    Thank you so much - in advance.
    1 is a standard irregular passive, 2 a standard regular passive (interestingly, less popular than the irregular). 3 and 4 are for informal use only.

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