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    #1

    George bought these gifts for you. (passive)

    George bought these gifts for you.

    Which of the following sentences is the correct passive equivalent of the above sentence?

    1. These gifts for you were bought by George.
    2. These gifts were bought by George for you.
    I need native speakers' help.

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    #2

    Re: George bought these gifts for you. (passive)

    Neither one is correct.
    "These gifts were bought for you by George" is correct.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    #3

    Re: George bought these gifts for you. (passive)

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Neither one is correct.
    I think your version is better, but I would not call the others incorrect.

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    Re: George bought these gifts for you. (passive)

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I think your version is better, but I would not call the others incorrect.

    OK. Unnatural, then.
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    #5

    Re: George bought these gifts for you. (passive)

    A preferable wording would depend on whether the gifts are for you, or George bought them for you to give to Mary.

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    #6

    Re: George bought these gifts for you. (passive)

    As far as I can tell, there is no Mary.

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    Re: George bought these gifts for you. (passive)

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    As far as I can tell, there is no Mary.
    She's just popped out for a minute.
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    Re: George bought these gifts for you. (passive)

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    As far as I can tell, there is no Mary.
    You need more faith, Mike - or imagination.

    "These gifts for you were bought by George" implies that the gifts are for you.
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    George bought these gifts for you" could mean that he bought them to save you from having to buy them.
    "For you" can mean three different things: i) The gifts are for you ii) George buying them was for you. iii) both i and ii.


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    #9

    Re: George bought these gifts for you. (passive)

    Can you have her call me?

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    #10

    Re: George bought these gifts for you. (passive)

    I prefer to deal with sentences as they come instead of how they might have come.

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