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Gabea

Member
Spanish - Spain
Hello everyone!
I would like to know which of these sentences sounds more natural:

- I got five presents for my birthday.
- They gave me five presents for my birthday.
- I was given five presents for my birthday.
- I've been given five presents for my birthday.

What I am trying to say is that I received five presents for my birthday.

Thank you very much!
 
  • tunaafi

    Senior Member
    English - British (Southern England)
    - I got five presents for my birthday.
    - They gave me five presents for my birthday.
    - I was given five presents for my birthday.
    - I've been given five presents for my birthday.
    All but the second are possible in BrE. The times of the giving and the reporting would affect the choice.
     

    lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    :thumbsup: I agree.

    The problem with the second example is that we wouldn’t use the pronoun “they” in a situation (like this) where the reader has no idea who you mean by that. And, as is usually the case with such questions, your explanation of what you’re “trying” to say is better than, or at least just as good as, any of your alternatives.
     

    Gabea

    Member
    Spanish - Spain
    Thank you very much for your useful comments!

    I still have one more question. Which sentence sounds more natural/colloquial?

    - I got five presents for my birthday.
    - I received five presents for my birthday.

    Thanks!
     
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