Flood destroyed car in Thailand. If I change this sentence into passive.

Cars in Thailand were destroyed by flood.

Cars were destroyed in Thailand by flood.

Which one is suitable? I prefer the first as I think the flood was in Thailand and noun phrase '' the cars in Thailand '' is suitable for this sense.

  • I think the salient interpretation is in the former, "in Thailand" describes where the cars were. In the latter, it describes where the action took place. – user178049 Aug 27 '17 at 17:14

Since Thailand needs to be mentioned, this sounds like a news bulletin. In this case I would start with the country where the flood occurred.

In Thailand, cars were destroyed by a flood.

I also added the indefinite article "a".

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