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“My friend gave me this book”, what is the passive voice?

What is the passive voice of the following sentence? My friend gave me this book. Is it: I was given this book by my friend. or This book was given to me by my friend.
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Relative pronoun “whom” used as an indirect object of a verb with two objects

We have verbs in English with 2 objects, such as "send," "ask," "give," etc.. For instance, we can say: I gave the book to John. or I gave John the book. In both of these sentences,...
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Question concerning a prepositional phrase

In the prepositional phrase : "Who did you give your number to?" Is the TO at the end of the sentence absolutely necessary?
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Is the preposition necessary in this sentence? What is the reason why we should use preposition?

When we make passive voice of 'I gave him an apple.', should we use preposition 'to' like 'an apple was given to him by me.' If we should, why?