Jan (my good friend since childhood) has given me some grammar books because she doesn't need them anymore.
And I am going to write this down in my diary.
1a. The grammar books are given to me by Jan.
1b. The grammar books were given to me by Jan.
2a. Jan gives me some grammar books.
2b. Jan gave me some grammar books.
Sentences 1b and 2b express the same meaning with a slight difference. In 1b, the books are in focus. In 2b, Jan is in focus. Which meaning do you want to express, 1b that getting the books is more important or 2b that Jan giving you something is more important?
Student or Learner