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    #1

    "A lot of time was saved for us by the computer"???

    Is it possible to convert the following to a passive tense like this?

    The computer saved us a lot of time.
    => A lot of time was saved for us by the computer.

    Or is only "We were saved a lot of time by the computer." possible?

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    Re: "A lot of time was saved for us by the computer"???

    Both are grammatically possible, but they sound clumsy. Most speakers would normally prefer the active construction.

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