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Hello, could you help me with this question?
Some English verbs that have two objects (for example, ask, offer, teach, tell, lend, promise, sell, throw) can make two different passive sentences:
I was given the book. / The book was given to me.
But what about these verbs: explain, point out, announce, dictate, describe, mention, repeat, suggest, propose? Can these verbs make two passive sentences? I've read that it is imposibble with these verbs. But I don't understand why.
So, I can say:
The rule was explained to me. (it's OK)
But can I say?:
I was explained the rule. (Is it correct?)
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.
These verbs are monotransitive. They can take a direct object but not an indirect object. They can take a to + prepositional object phrase.:But what about these verbs: explain, point out, announce, dictate, describe, mention, repeat, suggest, propose?
Ditransitive verbs take two objects and can therefore have two passive forms.
Monotransitive verbs take only one object and can therefore have only one passive form.
He explained the rule to me. (it's ok)
But we can't say:
He explained me the rule.(it's not correct)
That's why these verbs have only one passive sentence. Am I right?