A pattern VIII sentence with a noun phrase indirect object, however, makes TWO passives. For example, this active sentence
has one passive counterpart in which the original indirect object has become the grammatical subject
and another passive counterpart in which the original direct object has become the grammatical subject
The second version, in which the original direct object has become the subject, is probably more acceptable to British speakers than it is to Americans, but its existence as a possible sentence of English is a piece of evidence for distinguishing two types of active sentences with indirect objects:
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