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    Default pointed at by a gun or pointed by a gun

    1)You are pointed at by a gun.

    2)You are pointed by a gun.

    Which one is right when we say a gun is pointed at someone?

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    Default Re: pointed at by a gun or pointed by a gun

    #2 is wrong.

    #1 is OK, but not very natural. It's not common to express this in a passive way. Saying "a gun is pointed at you" is better.

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    Default Re: pointed at by a gun or pointed by a gun

    Or "Someone is pointing a gun at you."
    Even in the passive, I prefer the 'ing' form - A gun is being pointed at you.
    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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