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    two versions of Passive Voice

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to explain to me the existence of the two different versions of Passive Voice from one sentence in Active Voice?

    1.1. He gave Ann an interesting book.
    1.2. Ann was given an interesting book.
    1.3. An interesting book was given to Ann.

    2.1. He told me the news this morning.
    2.2. I was told the news this morning.
    2.3. The news was told to me this morning.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: two versions of Passive Voice

    It depends on what the writer/speaker deems as primary focus:

    1.2. Ann was given an interesting book.
    1.3. An interesting book was given to Ann.


    2.2. I was told the news this morning.
    2.3. The news was told to me this morning.

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