Yes and yes.
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Are the sentences below correct and do they mean the same?
1. She was given a diamond ring for her birthday.
2. She got a diamond ring for her birthday.
1. I got a lot of presents for my birthday.
2. I was given a lot of presents for my birthday.
Last edited by kompstar; 21-Jun-2015 at 11:23.
I agree that they're correct, but the use of "got" in such a context could potentially be ambiguous.
I was given a cake for my birthday.
Unambiguous: It means someone gave me the cake.
I got a cake for my birthday.
Potentially ambiguous: It usually means that someone gave me the cake, but it could also mean that I bought the cake myself!