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Passive sentence and more

Posted by George Gore on November 11, 2000


Which passive sentence is more common, do you think? [This watch was given (to) me by my uncle.] or [I was given this watch by my uncle.]?

Do you accept all of the following sentences?

i) [There is a Mr. Green wants to see you.]
ii) [There is a Mr. Green who wants to see you.]
iii) [There is a Mr. Green that wants to see you.]

Sentence i) may not be acceptable while sentences ii) and iii) are good, I suppose.
And can I say 'that' is more common than 'who' in spoken English?

Thank you very much.


George Gore