about some passive forms

yuna26

Member
Japanese
Hi, everyone

In passive forms of "John sent Mary a book".
a. Mary was sent a book.
b. A book was sent Mary.

In passive forms of "John backed Mary a cake".
c. Mary was backed a cake.
d. A cake was backed Mary.

Which do you think is the most strange expression?
In my colledge class, we have no idea include my teacher, so please help us with any idea.

Thanks.

Yuna26
 
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    "A book was sent Mary" is strange. "A book was sent to Mary" sounds normal. "Mary was sent a book" is also normal.

    "Mary was baked a cake" is weird. "A cake was baked for Mary" sounds normal.
     

    yuna26

    Member
    Japanese
    "A book was sent Mary" is strange. "A book was sent to Mary" sounds normal. "Mary was sent a book" is also normal.

    "Mary was baked a cake" is weird. "A cake was baked for Mary" sounds normal.
    Thank you for your reply.

    As you said, we are talking about that we might need "to" or "for" in some statements above, but the professure said there have to be one strange expression.
    All of us(the students) couldn't reach a concludion and were confused, so the professure suggested to ask native English speakers.

    Anyway, I really appreciate your words.
    Thank you.
     

    yuna26

    Member
    Japanese
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    yuna26

    Member
    Japanese
    To all of the people who read this thread,

    I'm sorry I have noticed that I have made a spelling mistake!
    not "backed", it's "baked", correctly.

    I'm sorry if I confused you all because of this.

    Yuna26
     
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