Which one of the following sentences will be passive voice of "I was sanctioned the loan by the office".

The office sanctioned loan to me.

The office sanctioned me the loan.

What differences are created because of the above two constructs as both give same meaning and seems equally correct. Please illustrate.

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    In standard English, sanctioned does not take an indirect object (sanctioned me the loan), at least I've never heard it or seen it used in that manner. Neither do approved or authorized. You could change it to granted or issued
    – TimR
    Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 12:23

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The bank issued me the loan.

The bank issued the loan to me.

The loan was issued to me by the bank.

I was issued the loan by the bank.

You could read about so-called "ditransitive verbs" and passive constructions.

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