Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 70 – Grammar – The Passive – Verbs with Two Objects

Welcome back to another passive blog/podcast. To be honest, this one is going to be a pain in the ass. Lol…but it’s going to be worth it in the end for a lot of you.

So, some verbs are followed by two objects, one usually a thing and the other a person. They told me the truth.

When this happens, we can make two different passive sentences.

I was told the truth.

The truth was told to me.

It is more common to make passive sentences with the person or people as the subject.

Here is a list of common verbs which are followed by two objects: bring, buy, give, lend, offer, owe, pay, promise, refuse, send, show, teach, tell.

Rewrite the sentences using the passive. Use the person or people as the subject.

The government has sent food and medicine to the victims of the earthquake.


The victims of the earthquake have been sent food and medicine by the government.

2. They paid the president of the company 40k for two Survival Capsules.

3. They’re offering the survivors financial aid.

4. My teacher has given me information about surviving earthquakes.

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