Retired English Teacher
Last edited by Barb_D; 07-Apr-2011 at 18:26.
So if an object follows a preposition,it's not a direct object?
That means in such cases we can't have passive voice?
I gave Mary a book.
I gave a book to Mary.
Mary was given a book.
A book was given to Mary.
When a to+noun phrase acts as an indirect object (roughly speaking, the recipient of something), both direct and indirect objects can act as the subject of a passive construction. Note that the verb is transitive.