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    order in a passive voice sentence

    I have some problems with order of adverbials in passive voice sentences. I wonder if it was possible for me to put it like this:
    A cake was made by Mary for her mother this morning
    A report was written by John to the principal
    Please help me! Thank you so much!

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    Re: order in a passive voice sentence

    However you order the words in those two sentences, they sound clunky. I do not share the dislike of some for passive constructions, but I feel that the active form would be far more natural in those two sentence:

    Mary made a cake for her mother this morning.
    John wrote a report to/for the principal.

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