What is the difference between
The company was benefited from xyz
The company benefited from xyz
and which is better?
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The verb benefit is both transitive and intransitive.
The company was benefited from xxx.
The verb benefit has been used here as a transitive verb in the passive, but this sentence is not grammatical. You should use "by", not "from", before the agent xxx in the passive voice as follows:
The company was benefited by xxx.
In the active voice, it is as follows:
Xxx benefited the company.
You usually use the benefit in the active voice; its use in the passive is not so common.
The other sentence:
The company benefited from xxx.
It's grammatical, in which the benefit has been used as an intransitive verb.
There are two different verbs "benefit."
There is a transitive verb "benefit" meaning to provide a benefit.
His education benefited him financially.
Because it is a transitive verb, it can be placed into passive form:
He was financially benefited by his education.
There is an intransitive verb "benefit from" meaning to receive a benefit.
He benefited financially from his education.
That cannot be turned into a passive.
His education was benefited financially.
is obvious nonsense.
He was benefited financially from his inheritance.
is a subtle, minor error in grammar.
Benefit as a verb means to be helped by something or to help someone. For example: - I have benefited greatly from her help. - The new law will benefit many people.