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    #1

    have been lost (to) us

    Do these sentences sound natural (especially the second one)?

    They lost us our possessions.
    Our possessions have been lost (to?) us.


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    Re: have been lost (to) us

    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    Do these sentences sound natural (especially the second one)?

    They lost us our possessions.
    Our possessions have been lost (to?) us.


    Thanks.
    The first is completely unnatural and wouldn't be used.

    The second construction can be used but not generally when talking about possessions, usually about people. "We haven't seen our son in ten years. As far as we're concerned, he is lost to us". It wouldn't be used very often.

    I think you need:

    - They lost our possessions.
    - Our possessions have been lost.

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    Re: have been lost (to) us

    Would it be still possible to say:
    This mistake lost me my house (= this mistake caused me to lose my house; maybe I made a blunder in a card game in which my house was at stake).

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    Re: have been lost (to) us

    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    Would it be still possible to say:
    This mistake lost me my house (= this mistake caused me to lose my house; maybe I made a blunder in a card game in which my house was at stake).

    Thanks.
    Yes, that's fine in this specific context.

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