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    was given a warning

    Hello,

    Could you explain that sentence for me?

    ~The doctor was given a warning from the General Medical Council. (I've not understood it)

    I think it is a passive sentence. If we want to make it active, it probably will be:

    #The General Medical Council gave a warning to the doctor.

    #The doctor received a warning from the General Medical Council.

    Why don't we say "A warning was given to the doctor by the General Medical Council."?

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    Re: was given a warning

    Because we have free choice. The fact that one way of saying things may be more likely than others does not mean that it's the only correct way.

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    Re: was given a warning

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Because we have free choice. The fact that one way of saying things may be more likely than others does not mean that it's the only correct way.
    Piscean,

    Actually, I've not understood verb give a warning. Does it mean "to dismiss"?
    ~The doctor was given a warning from the General Medical Council.
    ~The doctor was dismissed from the General Medical Council.

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    Re: was given a warning

    No, it doesn't mean "dismissed". It means that he or she was warned of further consequences if he or she behaved in the same way again. You haven't given us any context, so we don't know why he or she was warned.
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