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    read

    Does this conversion work?

    She read the children a story.→The children were read a story by her.
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    #2

    Re: read

    No. Look at your person/verb agreement.

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    #3

    Re: read

    Sorry. I forgot to edit it before posting it. I've fixed it.

    Now, does it work?

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    #4

    Re: read

    It's a possible sentence, but the active sounds more natural.

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    #5

    Re: read

    OK. So it's possible but not really natural. Good.

    Thanks, Tdol!

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    #6

    Re: read

    If you name "her", it sounds more natural, for example "Janet read the children a story", "The children were read a story by Janet".

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    #7

    Re: read

    Without 'by...' as:

    The children were read a story.

    would it sound perfectly natural?

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    #8

    Re: read

    Quote Originally Posted by Taka View Post
    Without 'by...' as:

    The children were read a story.

    Would it sound perfectly natural?
    Yes.

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    #9

    Re: read

    Good. Thanks.

    Why did you capitalize the w, by the way? It's 'Without 'by...' as 'The children were read a story', would it sound perfectly natural?'.

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