Reported speech and shortened version of reported speeches

ullas84

Senior Member
turkish
İs it possible to make short version of reported speech sentences? ( as in sentence b )

Eg;

a)He spent all the money that was given by his brother.

b)He spent all the money given by his brother.

if it is posiible (b) , is it more common in spoken english or in writing?
 
  • dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    This is not reported speech. Nowhere does it say that anyone said anything. This is just a declarative sentence.

    a) He spent all the money that was given by his brother.:confused:
    b) He spent all the money given by his brother.:confused:

    a1) He spent all the money that was given to him by his brother.:)
    b1) He spent all the money given him by his brother.:)

    I think either (a) or (b) needs an object for "given". Who did the brother give money to?

    He spent all the money his brother gave to charity? No, that isn't what you mean.
     

    lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    He spent all the money his brother had given him. :tick::thumbsup:

    He spent all the money [that had been] given [to] him by his brother. :tick:
     

    manfy

    Senior Member
    German - Austria
    He spent all the money [that had been] given [to] him by his brother. :tick:
    Interesting! Is this really (formally) grammatical when you omit the 'to'? Or is it maybe just a common colloquial form?

    In active voice, it's fine to say "I gave him the money" as well as "I gave the money to him", but in passive voice "The money was given him" sounds extremely odd to my non-native ear. I'd always expect "The money was given to him".
     
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