I have a question about passive voice. I want my sentence to mean: "I took a punishment".

Which one is correct?

  1. The punishment was given to me.
  2. I was given punishment.
  • I received punishment.
    – user3169
    Commented Feb 14, 2016 at 7:26
  • 2
    I was punished - it's simpler.
    – rogermue
    Commented Feb 14, 2016 at 8:22
  • "I received punishment." sounds a bit more formal, though both can be used in a formal context.
    – Epanoui
    Commented Apr 7, 2017 at 15:29

1 Answer 1


Both are grammatical, as give is a ditransitive verb.

As Rogermue says in a comment, "I was punished" is much more common than either.

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