What would be the passive version of "How did you get this book?" Could you also explain why? It has to be changed into passive voice, it is currently in active voice. Also, please elaborate on what is correct according to grammar.


In your sentence, get means obtain, come by, find,.... But you can't say that the book was got, that would be incorrect.

Some example sentences:

Passive, with you as the subject:

  • By whom were you given this book?
  • You were given this book by whom?
  • Were you given this book?

Passive, with book as the subject:

  • How/Where was this book found/obtained/bought/sold?
  • This book was found/obtained/bought/sold?
  • Was this book given to you?
  • Can it be "how was this book given to you?" – user20078 May 29 '15 at 14:34
  • Yes, that's a correct sentence as well. – Sander May 29 '15 at 14:35
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    @user20078 Note: "How was this book given to you" is a correct sentence. It sounds like it means "What was the actual action that resulted in your having this book?" An answer might be "The author invited me on stage, shook my right hand and handed me the book with his left." Or maybe "The book was delivered to me by drone while I sat by the pool." The answer would not be "The author thought I deserved it" or "My name was pulled from a bucket of ping pong balls." These backstories would be more appropriate as responses to your original question ("How did you get this book?") – Adam May 29 '15 at 15:41

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