Can the causative verb "help" be used in a passive sentence? For example, does the sentence

I was helped by him to carry the boxes.

make sense to you, native speakers?

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It's a valid sentence, but it is still passive voice and so sounds rather clunky. I'd rewrite it as:

He helped me to carry the boxes.


One might hear the passive used in that way in a courtroom setting, but in normal contexts active voice would be used:

District Attorney: Did anyone help you throw the dead body into the river?
Witness: I was helped by him [witness points at the defendant]

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