When there are two objects in an active sentence, there are two possible passive sentences.The students were explained the exercise by the professor.
But I have read that in spoken English we can say:
'I was told' instead of 'that was told to me'.
I was told that you skipped the school.
I was told I could go to jail because I can't pay back the debt.Can we use this stlyle for all the verbs or only the verb 'tell'?
For example: ''I was written'' instead of ''that was written to me''.
I was written that you skipped the school. (Is that OK?)
Last edited by aysaa; 07-Mar-2012 at 18:50.
When Barb D said "The exercise by explained to the student [by the professor]", I believe she meant to put "The exercise was explained to the students [by the professor].
Thank you - I did indeed mean that.
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.