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    Give Indirect Object

    About the necessity of an indirect object when using the verb 'give':

    1. "At the exam, pencils and erasers were given by the proctor".
    2. "At the exam, the proctor gave pencils and erasers."


    For some unknown reason, not including the indirect object is okay when 'give' is used in a passive construction, like sentence 1. When 'give' is used in an active construction, like sentence 2, the indirect object seems to be necessary. Is it so?

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    Re: Give Indirect Object

    No, in 1 you need it as well. Were given to the students by the proctor.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Give Indirect Object

    Then, this is wrong too?

    "The youth serving had neither manner nor charm. He gave the wrong change and didn't apologize when it was pointed out."

    (from: books.google.com/books?id=VwPZvOufmKIC&pg=PT1195&dq=%22gave+the+wro ng+change%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=LlCUUYfpNuH6igLZjYDACQ& ved=0CC4Q6AEwAA )

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    Re: Give Indirect Object

    Gracious, child. Don't you EVER get bored? I have to continue to hope that some people actually benefit from these silly games you play.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Give Indirect Object

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I have to continue to hope that some people actually benefit from these silly games you play.
    I think that's quite unlikely.

    I expect her mother loves her.

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