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Would it be wrong to write the objected to sentence as follows?

1. Mr. Brown was written a long letter to by the secretary.

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ahmad posted:
Would it be wrong to write the objected to sentence as follows?

1. Mr. Brown was written a long letter to by the secretary.

Hello, Ahmad,

Unfortunately, your sentence (1) is totally ungrammatical. But you could say:

(1a) Mr. Brown was written to by the secretary.

There is nothing wrong with the sentence that Hornby objected to:

(2) Mr. Brown was written a long letter.

I have no idea why he thought it was wrong. I think he meant to object to this:

(3) A long letter was written Mr. Brown.

We need "to": "A long letter was written to Mr. Brown." The passive construction in (3) tends to work only with "give": "A long letter was given Mr. Brown."

David, Moderator posted:

 

There is nothing wrong with the sentence that Hornby objected to:

(2) Mr. Brown was written a long letter.

 

I agree. I seem to have another edition of the same book, and nothing is said about the verb "write" not taking the indirect object as subject in the passive voice:

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