A gift was given from/by my parents?

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fatbaby

Senior Member
China Chinese
Hi,there,I usually think that passive voice is mostly followed by preposition BY ,but in this case,does FROM also work well?

please allow me to go further:

A.A gift was given from/by my parents
B.I got a gift from my parents

Which sentence sounds natural?

Thanks!
fatbaby
 
  • fatbaby

    Senior Member
    China Chinese
    Thank you, Mr.Antares!
    Seems FROM is no way a possible collocation in this case?You native speakers will frown at it if I say:A gift was given from my parents?
     

    Mr_Antares

    Senior Member
    US English
    The word "from" does not match "was given".

    "I received a gift from my parents"

    "I was given a gift by my parents".

    Both are equally correct, but you cannot mix them together.
     

    Tazzler

    Senior Member
    American English
    The gift was given to me by my parents is of course completely correct, but the active voice is usually preferred, at least in writing. It seems to me that the passive voice would be slightly more acceptable if gift were definite. But you can find other threads on active versus passive voice. It's mainly a question of style. But remember that in passive constructions by always introduces the agent. :)
     
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