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This exercise practises verbs which can have two different passive constructions. These verbs can take two objects,
direct and indirect, in the active, and can consequently form two passive constructions. Look at the examples below:
A - John gave the book to Mary. -> The book was given to Mary by John.
B - John gave Mary the book. -> Mary was given the book by John.
Generally, if a verb can have both passives, type B passives are preferred in informal, everyday speech, while type A passives are more formal. Read the following passive sentences, choose the correct verb and put it into the sentence in the passive. Not all the verbs can take the type B passive. Write A or B after the verb, e.g. .
buy, deny, explain, make, offer, pay, present, sell, suggest, tell