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    Hi everyone!
    The sentence: "The woman is bringing drinks for the guests." has direct and indirect objects.
    I would change it to passive by positioning the direct object "drinks" as the subject of passive sentence, this way:
    Drinks are being brought for the guests by the woman.
    I want to know if it is grammatically correct to change it like this:
    The guests are being brought drinks by the woman.
    What do you think?
    Tnx for answering

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    Default Re: From Active to Passive

    Quote Originally Posted by miniwave View Post
    Hi everyone!
    The sentence: "The woman is bringing drinks for the guests." has direct and indirect objects.
    I would change it to passive by positioning the direct object "drinks" as the subject of passive sentence, this way:
    Drinks are being brought for the guests by the woman.
    I want to know if it is grammatically correct to change it like this:
    The guests are being brought drinks by the woman.
    What do you think?
    Tnx for answering
    with the verb has 2 objects. One of them can become subject in the passive sÍntence. But generally we use the personal object to be used in subject of passive sentence.That mean your second one is normal use.
    But I think your first one is:Drinks are being brought to the guests by the woman. It is better...I think so.

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    Default Re: From Active to Passive

    Hi miniwave
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    Yes, both passive sentences are grammatically correct.
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    Default Re: From Active to Passive

    Strictly speaking, the sentence "The woman is bringing drinks for the guests" has only one object, "drinks". "For the guests" is a prepositional phrase. If you want to use two objects for the ditransitive verb "bring", you should rephrase it like this:
    "The woman is bringing the guests drinks"

    As for the passivization, both sentences are correct

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    Default Re: From Active to Passive

    Quote Originally Posted by miniwave View Post
    Hi everyone!
    The sentence: "The woman is bringing drinks for the guests." has direct and indirect objects.
    I would change it to passive by positioning the direct object "drinks" as the subject of passive sentence, this way:
    Drinks are being brought for the guests by the woman.
    I want to know if it is grammatically correct to change it like this:
    The guests are being brought drinks by the woman.
    What do you think?
    Tnx for answering
    I agree with Mariner that your first sentence has only one object. There are, however, grammars that include prepositional objects as "indirect objects", but I think that is wrong. I prefer this:

    Bob threw Jim the ball. (subject-verb-IO-DO)

    Bob threw the ball to Jim. (subject-verb- DO- prepositional phrase)

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